Day of Action: June 16, 2016
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today Hong Kong Council 26 Kicked off our Systemwide Day of Action at Hong Kong International Airport to support our JNC who are currently in negotiations with United Management. I would like to thank all who came to the event and to the Flight Attendants who also attended the event before their briefings. If you are on a layover, you can also attend the Systemwide Day of Action at other locations. Please go to the link for details of events at other locations Details of event >
Its's Our Turn
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June 16, 2016 Day of Action in Hong Kong
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On June 16th 2016, join us as we demonstrate our Solidarity and kick off a Global Day of Action to send a very powerful message to United Management at the Hong Kong International Airport:
WE, the United Airlines Flight Attendants are united in Support of our United Joint Negotiation Committee,
It’s our turn and It’s the responsibility of United Airline Management to do the right thing ; and
WE, the Flight Attendants, ARE NOT GOING TO AGREE ANYTHING LESS.
Plan on joining your fellow Flight Attendants at the worldwide day of action to support our Joint Negotiations Committee who is combating the greedy management who only cares to fill their pockets only. Family members and friends are all welcome
After the rally, we invite all participants to Dim Sum for a debriefing.
Please RSVP your attendance by notifying your Local Officers, or contact them if you have any questions. Phone: 93607679 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Local Officers
Date: June 16th, 2015, Thursday
Time: 8.45am to 10.00 am
Location: Hong Kong International Airport
Departure Level 7, Drop Point Zone 3
Attire: In Full Uniform or T-Shirts will be provided
NMB Schedules Mediation Sessions
The National Mediation Board (NMB) has scheduled mediation sessions over the coming weeks in a push to reach a joint collective bargaining agreement for United Airlines Flight Attendants. The week of June 13, the NMB has directed the parties to meet in Chicago to resolve any outstanding language issues in preparation for one final mediation session. The week of June 20, the parties will meet in Chicago under the oversight by NMB Board Member Linda Puchala in a concentrated effort to resolve the remaining open issues.
Again, the NMB has directed the parties to limit communications throughout the process.
As we push for an agreement, it is essential all Flight Attendants continue to demonstrate your support for our Joint Negotiating Committee as they work to reach an agreement United Flight Attendants can ratify. Wear your AFA pin, stand as one union and ensure all of our flying partners are signed up for negotiations updates at OurContract.org.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on April 15 that it has tentatively approved Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application for a foreign air carrier permit. AFA has already voiced our strong opposition to this decision.
Now, we must ensure our Members of Congress push back against the DOT’s ill-advised decision.
Norwegian Air International, a subsidiary of a Norwegian airline, has headquartered its operations in Ireland to take advantage of lower labor and regulatory standards. This runs counter to U.S. law and the U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement. NAI’s business plan has called for hiring pilots and Flight Attendants under individual contracts that run $18,000 a year for Flight Attendants or utilize pilots based in Asia to fly between Europe and the United States without serving Ireland.
The NAI scheme threatens our careers and the future of the U.S. aviation industry. This business model allows NAI to cut costs well below industry norms. The result will be severe downward pressure on fares, operating costs, and ultimately wages. As we have already seen in the U.S. shipping industry, flags-of-convenience, if adopted widely, eventually force U.S.-flagged-companies out of the market. U.S. seafarers have lost more than 97,000 jobs since 1950 even as the total tonnage shipped on maritime vessels has increased exponentially. Should NAI be allowed to operate into the U.S., we are potentially looking at a similar result for Flight Attendant jobs.
On April 28th, Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rich Larsen (D-WA) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) introduced legislation, H.R. 5090, aimed to prevent the DOT from permitting a foreign air carrier to operate between European countries and the United States unless the carrier complies with basic, fair U.S. or European Union labor standards. The legislation is aimed at stopping NAI in its tracks.
TAKE ACTION! Call, Tweet, or Send a message directly to your Member of Congress today!
Please call your members of Congress and ask them to support HR 5090. Call their D.C. and home office. You can reach your Representative in D.C. through the Capitol switchboard, (202)224-3121(202)224-3121. Ask to speak with your Representative. Here’s a sample script:
"I am a Flight Attendant (or concerned citizen) and constituent. I am urging you to co-sponsor H.R. 5090 to enforce the high labor standards negotiated in the E.U./U.S. Open Skies Agreement. We must not allow U.S. aviation be destroyed like U.S. shipping. This is about my job (if applicable), our nation's economy, and our safety and security."
If you have a Twitter account, we ask that you please Tweet one of the following:
Killing U.S. aviation jobs, hurting competition & undermining fair labor standards is not okay. #DenyNAI
Click to automatically tweet: http://ctt.ec/8Td1P
Going, going, gone. Soon to be our labor standards & U.S. #aviation jobs if Norwegian Air gets its way. #DenyNAI
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Tweet your Member of Congress:
Find your Member of Congress Twitter handle and tweet them:
I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 5090 and protect U.S. jobs and #aviation safety.
Send a message directly to your United States Representative
Fill out the form below via PopVox to register and tell your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 5090, to enforce the high labor standards negotiated in the E.U.-U.S. Open Skies agreement.
In order to make sure the DOT and White House hear us, we need thousands of calls and letters and tweets. That requires all of us to engage and urge our flying partners to do the same.