United Airlines employees participate in global protest | Business
United Airlines flight attendants conducted a protest on Friday after United Airlines management failed to negotiate a new contract a year after it became amendable.
Eight years ago, flight attendants took deep pay cuts had their pensions cancelled. Those cuts should have ended exactly one year ago.
Flight attendants, along with pilots and other union members hit the picket lines in Honolulu. Protests were also held across the nation and overseas including cities from London to Tokyo.
United flight attendants claim they're working at 1994 wages and are working almost 50 percent more when compared with 2002 schedules and staffing.
Union members say the airlines is making a profit, but is failing to share it with employees.
"United management has always recognized Honolulu's contribution to the United experience. Flight attendants are just looking for fair wages to carry on," local union president Ed Kalahiki said.
United Airlines says it won't negotiate publicly and released the following statement:
"We are committed to working constructively with all of our unions to develop contracts that are fair to our employees and fair to the company."
While the union is not close to a strike, they say the two sides are still working towards an agreement.