Delta F/A e-mail Newsletter
afa SNATCHES DEFEAT FROM JAWS OF VICTORY
Faced with the prospect of merging with US Airways, United management
offered to reopen and renegotiate its 10 year F/A agreement, if the afa would
agree support the merger. That was
a very attractive offer, considering that the current agreement extends until
2006 and locks United F/As into average industry pay.
The afa declined. It was not
willing to agree to support the merger as a condition for reopening negotiations
because, as the afa put it, “United owes us that!” Really? The afa
negotiated, ratified and signed an agreement the afa characterized as
“industry leading” so United is obligated to bail it out?
offered the afa a golden opportunity to escape from its onerous agreement, but
the afa refused. Is the afa really
so dense that it thought United would spend tens of millions up front and be
faced with demands for further concessions later to gain the afa’s support for
the merger? With nothing to gain
from renegotiating the agreement, United, quite understandably, walked away from
its offer. The afa responded by
appealing to arbitration. Here, courtesy of the afa’s internet web site, is
Panel Rules in Favor of United
attendants with United Airlines won’t get a raise in their contract
after an arbitration panel ruled against it.
United announced Tuesday [May 15] that a three-person panel voted 2 – 1
against an increase in base pay last Thursday.
A neutral arbitrator and a representative of United voted against the
increase; a representative of the Association of Flight Attendants voted for
No pay raise for United flight attendants
attendants at UAL Corp.’s United Airlines will not get a pay raise this
year, according to an arbitration ruling made public on Tuesday…
retrospect, it looks as if agreeing to United’s offer would have been a freebe
for the afa. The way things are
going in Washington D.C., it seems unlikely that a United and US Airways merger
will be approved. If it isn’t, chalk up a colossal blunder to the afa.
Thanks to its brilliant “United owes us that!” strategy,
United F/As chances of getting raises this year seem doomed.
And to think United F/As are only having to pay $12 million a year for
such great “leadership.”
OR SILLY GEESE?
Here’s another interesting item from the afa’s web. The afa is encouraging its supporters to make lists of pro-afa F/As at their bases because “we will need you to be the ‘duck’ for your ‘ducklings’…” Pro-afa F/As are ducklings? That seems like wishful thinking. Ducklings would make wonderful union members because they waddle around in single file and don’t get out of line. We think “Ostriches” would be a more appropriate name for them.
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