Scores upon scores of flight attendants, pilots and labor allies marched both inside and outside Dulles Airport Thursday to call public attention to the fact United flight attendants still do not have a contract almost six years since the airline merged with Continental. Heading the lines outside the United ticketing counters were AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson. Meanwhile, AFA-CWA Council 21 President Todd Failla led dozens of uniformed crew through the passenger waiting areas with signs, stickers and chants. “It’s really a shame that the needs of these hard working crewmembers have been ignored for so long,” noted NoVA Labor President Dan Duncan, who participated. “They knock themselves out in the air to present a positive face for United to the public while worried when back on the ground as to what the future may hold.” The protest was part of a system-wide day of action called “Third Thursdays” by the AFA.
photo: AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre marches with AFA-CWA Council 21 Vice President Jill Collins outside the United ticket counter at Dulles. photo by Dan Duncan