United Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket for Joint Contract at 20 Airports

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 January 2016
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United Airlines planes in Los Angeles

United Airlines planes in Los Angeles

The Association of Flight Attendants, the union that represents the 24,000 United Airlines flight attendants, called for a “Day of Action” with protests will take place at airports around the globe on Thursday, January 21. The union is asking management to complete both contract negotiations and its merger with Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia.

United and Continental merged in 2010. Flight attendants from both airlines, however, continue to work separately, as if the two airlines had not merged, however, due to the lack of a joint contract.

In August, the union filed for federal mediation with the National Mediation Board on Thursday seeking a unified contract.

Picketing will take place at 20 locations, including: Denver International Airport from 1 to 2:15 p.m.; Frankfurt Airport from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport from 5 to 6 p.m.; Honolulu International Airport from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; London Heathrow from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon; Los Angeles International Airport from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tokyo Narita from 4 to 5 p.m.; Newark Liberty International Airport from 2 to 3 p.m.; San Francisco International Airport from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and Washington Dulles International Airport from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Flight attendants are done waiting for management to negotiate a contract that ensures we participate in the record profits we help create,” said union presidents Ken Diaz and Kathleen Domondon.

The flight attendant group last picketed to call attention to the lack of a joint contract at the start of the holiday season this past December.

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