Day of Action: July 16, 2015

Every Flight Attendant can send a powerful message to United management:  We are united in our resolve to reach a fair Contract, and Flight Attendants are not going to pay for this merger.

About this Day of Action

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Day of Action Events: July 16, 2015

  • Please wear your uniform
  • Put on your Red AFA pin.
  • Members should not be speaking to the press. Only the designated spokesperson for your location has authorization. Media can be directed to or 202-550-5520. 
City Location Picket Time Picket Details
Boston Boston Logan International Airport 11am-12:30pm BOS Terminal B in front of UAL ticket counter
Chicago Chicago Downtown - Willis Tower 12pm-1:30pm
RSVP at 1-844-232-2228
AFA will have buses available to transport Flight Attendants and our supporters from O'Hare and Rosemont to Willis Tower and back.
Bus Departs O'Hare/Rosemont at 11:30 am
Bus Arrives O'Hare/Rosemont by 2:30 pm
Reserve your seat on the bus. Call 844-AFA2ACT [844-232-2228] to leave a message with your return phone number and email.
Chicago Chicago O'Hare Airport - Terminal 1
12pm-1:30pm RSVP at 1-844-232-2228
Chicago Chicago O'Hare Airport 9am-2pm
Red AFA Pin Meet and Greet in the crew lounge
Cleveland Cleveland International Airport 6am-9am
Red AFA Pin Meet and Greet in the crew lounge
Denver DENTK
Meet in the parking lot of the shopping center across the street from DENTK
Denver Denver International Airport 1pm-2:30pm
Meet at Level 6 West Side, outside UAL door
Frankfurt Frankfurt International Airport - Germany 10am-11am
Terminal 1, Hall B - Meet at the M Bar at the bottom of escalators leading to the base at 9am.
Guam Guam International Airport 5pm-6pm
Meet at Ben & Yan foodcourt on 2nd Level of airport at 4pm - walking to picketing location at 4:45
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport 8:45am-10am HKG Departure Level 7, Drop Point Zone 3
Honolulu Honolulu International Airport 11am-12:30pm
Departure Level in front of the United ticket lobby
Houston Houston Intercontinental Airport 8am-1pm
Council 42 Office between Terminals C&E across from Subway - Refreshments Provided
Houston Houston Intercontinental Airport 12pm-1:30pm
Meet at the intersection of Greens Road and JFK Boulevard near the Shell station
Las Vegas Las Vegas International Airport 11am-12pm
Terminal 3, Level 2 Departures, in front of United ticketing outside on the center island
London London Heathrow International Airport 11:30am-12:30pm
We have a Secret Plan, Please contact a Local Officer for more information. Meet at the bottom of the escalators, close to the smoking section at 11:30am
Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport 11am-12:30pm LAX Terminal 7
Los Angeles - Orange County SNA - Orange County Airport 11am-12:30pm United Terminal B Departures
Narita Narita International Airport - Japan 4:15pm-5:30pm Terminal 1, Departure Level, Outside United Ticket Counter
New York New York LaGuardia Airport 11:30am-1pm
Central Terminal B - Departure Level - Outside United check-in area
Newark Newark International Airport 12pm-1pm Terminal C Upper Doors 1 & 5
San Francisco San Francisco International Airport 10am-11:30am
Departure Level - United Terminal 3, Meet in front of Terminal - Briefing 9:30am
Washington DC Washington National International Airport 8am-9am Meet on the upper level of Terminal B near the United entrance to the terminal.
Washington DC Washington Dulles International Airport 11:30am-12:30pm Picket Details:
Brief at 11:00
Meet by Baggage Claim 7
Picketing 11:30-12:30

About the Day of Action

Every Flight Attendant can send a powerful message to United management:  We are united in our resolve to reach a fair Contract, and Flight Attendants are not going to pay for this merger.

afa pinThe Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) would like you to consider the following points:

  • United Airlines is making record profits. 
  • In 2015 United will see income 5X higher than in 2013.
  • United's operating profit in 2015 - 2017 is expected to be $5 billion or more for each year.
  • Jeff Smisek's pay is up 32%.
  • Top executives and shareholders are cashing in.
  • United's stock price is up 204% since negotiations began.
  • United has $7.0 Billion in Cash on its balance sheet. 
  • United just announced it is investing $100 million in a Brazilian airline (but it can't invest in us, the frontline workers who spend more time with passengers than anyone else).

United Airlines is doing well.  These are not concessionary negotiations.  These negotiations are about putting three work groups together to complete this merger and move United forward.  It's been three years, and it's been long enough.  It's Our Turn and It's Past Time.

Most Flight Attendants were here long before the merger was announced in 2010.  All of us have made sacrifices, at all three airlines, to pave way for the success United enjoys today.  Since 2010 new hires have joined our ranks and, just like us, they are having to manage the challenges of a merger that management cannot seem to complete. This merger is working for executives and shareholders. It needs to work for all United Flight Attendants too!

As we have previously reported in our JNC updates, progress at negotiations has ground to a halt in recent months.  Unlike the company's rosy communications of recent weeks, the parties are far apart on key issues.  The bottom line problem is the company's unwillingness to put the required economic resources into a Flight Attendant Contract.

That is unacceptable and the JNC needs each of you to stand with us to make it clear to the company that we expect much more, especially now as the profits soar.

The JNC is unanimous in calling on all Flight Attendants to demonstrate our solidarity. On July 16th, across the system, we will conduct a system-wide Day of Action. We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder for a joint Contract that recognizes and respects what each of us brought to this merger and the hard work all of us do for United Airlines today. 

Our airline's future depends on completing this merger. Even though United has clearly benefited from the airline industry's consolidation, UAL total stock value lags other large network carriers by 50% or more due to its weak operational performance when compared to American and Delta.  The media and business press have repeatedly raised concerns about United's operational problems.  At the core of United's problems is the failure to finalize our Contract and realize the full potential of this merger.

Make no mistake; United can afford a Flight Attendant Contract that values our contributions to the success of this airline. The problem is not the ability to pay; it is the willingness to pay.  Management at United Airlines has been hearing from the JNC for three years, they need to hear from you too.

Every United Flight Attendant can send a powerful message to United management:  We are united in our resolve to reach a fair Contract, and Flight Attendants are not going to pay for this merger. 

It does not matter whether we come from pre-merger CAL, CMI or UAL.  It does not matter if we are based in Newark, Chicago, Hong Kong, Guam or anywhere else; we must all be recognized for our contributions to United Airlines' success.