Jan 28, 2016
AFA-CWA Flight Attendants from United, Continental and Continental Micronesia and supporters started their Day of Action picketing in Narita, Japan, and continued around the globe with actions in Europe and at airports throughout the U.S.
The Jan. 21 Day of Action was the biggest demonstration yet of AFA-CWA's determination to get a joint contract for the 25,000 Flight Attendants at the combined United Airlines.
AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson said Flight Attendants, "will stand together to get a contract that ensures Flight Attendants share in the record profits we help create." AFA-CWA's Joint Negotiating Committee will meet with federal mediators again in February.
Here's a roundup of the actions:
- Flight Attendants held a strike information seminar in Hong Kong, and dozens of Flight Attendants and pilots marched in the tourist section of Guam with picket signs in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
- In Frankfurt and London, Flight Attendants held strike information meetings and airport walks including signs in German.
- Braving the cold, Flight Attendants marched with Continental MEC President Randy Hatfield and United MEC President Ken Diaz in Newark, NJ, while non-stop chants helped warm the strong showing of Flight Attendants and pilots at Washington Dulles and Denver, calling for a "Contract Now."
- Flight Attendants in Boston, Cleveland and Las Vegas beat the airport protest restrictions with CHAOS strike information gatherings.
- In Chicago, AFA Local Council 8 President Paul Antuna and AFA Local Council 36 President Kyle Hammontree led a silent march through Terminals B and C with more than 100 Flight Attendants who demonstrated calm, powerful, professional resolve to stand together for a joint contract that reflects their contributions to United Airlines.
- Another silent protest in Houston was led by AFA Local Council 64 President Denny Wheeling and AFA Local Council 42 President Franko Ocasio, and nearly 200 Flight Attendants in San Francisco stood in silent resolve outside the terminal, calling management's failure to negotiate a joint contract to complete the merger shameful.
- Picketing continued in Los Angeles and Honolulu, where Flight Attendants demonstrated the power of solidarity.
Silent protest in Chicago.
Check out photos from the event here.
At Newark Airport, Flight Attendants tell United, "It's Our Turn."