Flight Attendants Protest at 2009 UAL Shareholder Meeting

Date: June 10, 2009
Type: AFA Media Release
Contact: Sara Nelson at 202-286-1973

Workers Chastise UAL BOD for Failure to Hold Executives Accountable


CHICAGO –  United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA) at United Airlines, will join other workers for the third year in a row to protest the greed and poor decisions of CEO Glenn Tilton and other senior management. 

Workers are furious with the repeated bonus programs for hundreds of millions paid to executives while workers are forced to endure concessions. The UAL BOD, Chaired by Glenn Tilton, is complicit in these failures of this management including:

  • the loss of 50,000 jobs,
  • shrinking United Airlines from its premier status in the world
  • putting the airline on the chopping block at every turn,
  • hundreds of millions lost in failed hedges as fuel prices rose and fell,
  • shareholder payout while the stock price plummeted and other airlines conserved cash. 

The UAL Board sat quietly during last year’s annual shareholder meeting as Glenn Tilton told one of United’s #1 customers to take his business elsewhere if he didn’t like what was happening at United. What will the UAL Board allow Tilton to say this year?

The picketing Protest will begin an hour before the meeting starts and continue at the conclusion of the meeting. Many of the protesters will also attend the meeting.


June 11, 2009


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Central


Linneman and Algonquin Road in Elk Grove Village, IL

More than 55,000 Flight Attendants, including the 16,000 Flight Attendants at United, join together to form AFA, the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at http://www.unitedafa.org/.

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