United Airlines announced it has found a way to keep 688 flight attendants who are set to be furloughed on April 1st, they can accept jobs at Continental. United and Continental still have separate flight crews and there is currently a shortage on the Continental side. Accepting a job on the Continental side will likely mean a pay-cut, but the flight attendants will not have to give up their rights to be recalled on the United side.
As reported in Monday’s post – United to Furlough 685 Flight Attendants Despite Cont. Hiring 485 Last Year, a similar offer was made to the flight attendant union and rejected earlier in the year.
As per the AP:
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA spokesman Christopher Clarke said the furloughed flight attendants were hired as far back as 2006 but would go to Continental as if they were hired in 2014. Seniority is key for airline flight crews — it governs their layoff protection, and bidding for vacations and the most desirable routes and schedules. He also said that the union would have needed the approval of members to approve a deal allowing them to cross over to Continental. “Allowing flight attendants who wish to work the opportunity to do so is definitely the right thing,” Sam Risoli, the airline’s vice president for inflight services, wrote in a letter to flight attendants announcing the offer.