July 2, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Chicago, IL – Leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants unanimously approved a proposed contract with United Airlines June 28 and will send it to the union’s membership for a vote in July.
The five-year deal would raise wages for the about 25,000 attendants by 18% to 31%, and end the separation between cabin crews that has persisted since United and Continental Airlines merged in 2010. AFA leaders said it would “set new industry standards that push our careers forward” in a statement posted on the union’s Web site. Flight attendants with 12 years or more would get $62 an hour for time in the air—which averages 80-85 hours a month—and $67 by the end of the contract, a figure the AFA said is the highest in the industry. The agreement also includes profit sharing and 12 to 40 days of vacation, according to the Chicago Business Journal, but some attendants expressed concerns about its health-care provisions and the lack of retroactive pay or a signing bonus. If ratified, it would also trigger a contract clause that would increase pay for American Airlines attendants. Read more