Flight Attendants to Call for New Management

Committed to the success of United
Airlines but frustrated with United’s executives, flight attendants
expressed grave concern over the continued reckless and incompetent
strategies of United Airlines senior management. Leaders of the
Association of Flight Attendants- CWA, AFL-CIO at United Airlines
unanimously passed a resolution of no confidence in the senior management
of United Airlines and vowed to take all necessary and appropriate legal
steps to seek the failed executives’ replacement. The full resolution
follows. “United Airlines senior management has attacked our wages, benefits and
work rules; they’ve attacked our retirees; and now they’ve attacked our
pensions. Yet, they have failed to accomplish what employees have been
working to achieve—a successful exit from bankruptcy,” stated United
Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch. “Senior management
has squandered the extraordinary contributions of employees to the
financial and operational turnaround that should have returned United
Airlines to its former position as one of the world’s pre-eminent airlines.

“We condemn United Airlines senior management for devising a business plan
which, in addition to termination of pension plans, continues the failed
strategy of seeking further concessions from employees who have already
sacrificed so much,” Davidowitch continued. “They need to attack the
competition, not their own employees. They need to attack industry-high
non- labor costs, not the people who make the airline run.

“This management has failed to recognize that a successful reorganization
is impossible without the support of flight attendants and other workers.
We have concluded that there is no choice but to seek new leadership
possessing the competence necessary to prepare a workable and fair
business plan for the successful reorganization of our airline,”
Davidowitch concluded.

“United management appears determined to run this proud airline into the
ground, taking its workers and customers along with it,” added AFA
International President Pat Friend. “The court must recognize that the
company’s continued betrayal of its employees is the single largest
obstacle to its recovery and emergence from Chapter 11.”

“To say that airline workers have lost confidence in management is an
understatement,” stated Morton Bahr, President of the Communication
Workers of America as he added 700,000 workers’ voices to the call for new
United Airlines senior management. “Instead of dealing with the company’s
problems, management continues to assault worker wages, healthcare and
pensions. If United Airlines senior management is allowed to further
dismantle its employees’ professions, the destruction of worker jobs will
spread like a cancer that American taxpayers will not be able to cure.”

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Resolution of No Confidence in United Airlines Senior Management

WHEREAS, United Airlines Flight Attendants have demonstrated commitment
and continue to wholly focus our efforts on the success of our airline;
and,

WHEREAS, it has become all too apparent that the management at United
Airlines has failed to accomplish what we have been working to achieve—
a successful exit from bankruptcy; and,

WHEREAS, United Airlines through gross mismanagement and total disregard
for the interests of employees has squandered over $2 billion in
sacrifices Flight Attendants made for the future of our airline and
destroyed the good will and spirit of cooperation between labor and
management necessary to successfully navigate bankruptcy; and,

WHEREAS, United Airlines senior management has failed, despite the best
efforts of thousands of employees, to return our airline to its former
status as one of the world’s pre-eminent airlines; and,

WHEREAS, 97% of United Airlines Flight Attendants voting in a poll
conducted on the AFA United Master Executive Council website voted that
they have “no confidence” in senior management at United Airlines.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the United Master Executive Council of the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO:

Condemns United Airlines senior management for removing the corporate
officers who served as fiduciaries to the employees’ pension plans and
replaced them, not with other executives, but with the bankruptcy
protected entity of United Airlines. This action was a thinly veiled
attempt to shield the corporate officers from potential personal liability
as revealed by the fact that a week later, the Company announced it was
going to stop payments mandated by law into the pension plans; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for actions termed “blatant”
and a “hopeless conflict of interest” by the Department of Labor, by
exalting the interests of these individual executives over the interests
of the plan participants they had a duty to protect; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management, and current CEO Glenn Tilton
in particular, for increasing his salary by $130,000 per year in May 2004
when, at the same time, management was seeking to slash the medical
benefits of retired United Airlines employees; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for deciding not to make
pension payments due on July 15, 2004; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for entering into a debtor-in-
possession (DIP) Financing Agreement, initially described as effectively
prohibiting United Airlines from making any pension contributions,
contrary to its existing legal and contractual obligations; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for devising a business plan,
without having first identified all non-labor cost savings that could be
realized, and instead assumed that all its pension plans would be
terminated; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for not seeking financing based
on a business plan that would have permitted the pensions to continue; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for devising a business plan,
which in addition to termination of pension plans continues the failed
strategy of seeking further concessions from employees who have already
sacrificed so much; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for the gross mismanagement,
incompetence and dishonesty it has exhibited by taking these and other
actions and thereby undermining the Company’s attempts to successfully
emerge from bankruptcy and return to profitability; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for poisoning the work
environment and alienating the Flight Attendants by these and other
actions; and,

Condemns United Airlines senior management for squandering the
extraordinary contributions of employees to the financial and operational
turnaround that should have returned United Airlines to it’s former
position as one of the world’s pre-eminent airlines; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the above actions represent a continuation of
the pattern of dishonesty and incompetence exhibited by United Airlines
senior management in its dealings with employees; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that based upon all of the above findings, the
United Master Executive Council declares that it has no confidence in the
senior management to effectively operate the airline, to prepare a
workable and fair business plan or to successfully reorganize; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this Union shall take all necessary and
appropriate legal steps to seek the replacement of senior management of
United Airlines.

Unanimously Adopted.

August 31, 2004
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