You are hereMarket Watch: Continental and United Pilots Rally in New York City's Financial District to Highlight Slow Pace of Contract Negotiations and Lack of Merger Progress

Market Watch: Continental and United Pilots Rally in New York City's Financial District to Highlight Slow Pace of Contract Negotiations and Lack of Merger Progress


September 27, 2011- United and Continental pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l. (ALPA) will conduct informational picketing today in New York's financial district to highlight management's poor performance in advance of the one-year anniversary of the corporate merger close date. There has been little progress with negotiations on the pilots' joint collective bargaining agreement, one of the keys to completely unlocking the synergies from the transaction, thus allowing the investment community, employees and passengers to truly benefit from the merger. More than 700 Continental and United pilots are expected to participate in the event, joined additionally by pilots from other ALPA carriers and independent pilot unions.

Captain Jay Pierce, chairman of the Continental pilots union, stated, "Management may be attempting to portray success with the progress of the merger, but the reality is that it takes more than painting airplanes, hanging new airport signs and revamping a frequent-flier program. We are ready to begin the real work of creating the world's largest and best airline, and that starts with reaching agreement on a pilot contract. Real progress with implementing the merger requires the involvement of pilots and an acknowledgement by management of the contributions that pilots make in creating a successful airline."

"United management continues to squander this golden opportunity to create the world class airline it promised to the employees, to the shareholders and to the flying public nearly 17 months ago when the United/Continental merger was announced," said United MEC Chairman Captain Wendy Morse. "The longer these negotiations toward a joint collective bargaining agreement drag on, the less likely the company will be able to enjoy the benefits this merger offers.

"The company has wallowed in the weeds long enough. It's time for management to stop focusing on the minutia and turn its attention toward the issues that really matter to the pilots of United and get this contract completed. The days of our pilots laboring under a bankruptcy contract have to end."

FULL STORY HERE:

Partners

Backbone Campaign
ReclaimDemocracy.org
ProsperityAgenda.us
Liberty Tree
Democrats.com
Progressive Democrats of America
AfterDowningStreet
Peoples Email Network
Justice Through Music
ePluribusMedia
Locust Fork Journal
Berkeley Fellowship UU\'s Social Justice Committee
BuzzFlash
The Smirking Chimp
Progressive Democrats Sonoma County
BanksterUSA
Center for Media and Democracy
Chelsea Neighbors United
Atlanta Progressive News
Yes Men
No Nukes North
ProsecuteThemNow.com