Labor Relations Update
July 23, 2015
United and AFA will not reach a tentative joint agreement by today’s July 23 target date.
This outcome is unfortunate for everyone. We recognize the issues are difficult, but that’s true of every contract negotiation. There is a path to a joint agreement, and no one benefits by putting this off. The company, the union and flight attendants share a common interest in reaching a joint agreement and moving forward. The longer this takes, the more everyone bears the costs of not getting to a deal that is fair to flight attendants and fair to the company.
We’ve reached 28 separate or joint tentative agreements with the various work groups and unions at United since the merger. United knows how to make agreements. When AFA is ready to make a deal, we’ll be ready too.
United has been, and remains, ready to sign a contract that is industry-leading. Several weeks ago, at the direction of the National Mediation Board, United provided a detailed comprehensive economic framework proposal that outlined one path (just one among many potential paths) to such a contract. This wasn’t a final offer, but rather good faith effort to try to bring these negotiations to conclusion. We ended negotiations today without receiving any response from AFA to our proposal.
There is no point in wasting valuable time and energy on claims and counter-claims of whose fault it is that we don’t have a deal. This won’t get us anywhere. What we must do is continue to work together to solve the complex issues that will allow us to bring three very different flight attendant cultures and collective agreements together.
We’ve reached 28 separate or joint tentative agreements with the various work groups and unions at United since the merger. United knows how to make agreements. When AFA is ready to make a deal, we’ll be ready too. We are working with AFA to arrange a status conference with the NMB, and we expect negotiations to continue in the next couple of weeks.