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UAL-MEC RESPONSE TO UNITED'S RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF ACQUISITION OF A-320S

 UAL-MEC RESPONSE TO UNITED'S RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT
 OF ACQUISITION OF A-320S
 SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Airlines Pilots' Master Executive Council (UAL-MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, AFL-CIO, met today as a part of its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting in Schaumburg, Ill.
 A presentation on United Airlines management's decision to operate the Airbus Industrie A-320 aircraft was received. Speakers included Hart Langer, United's senior vice president of Flight Operations; Jim Duncan, Airbus vice president of training in North America; and Al Taylor, Northwest Airlines, A-340 Fleet captain. The presentation was intended to be a fact-finding effort by the UAL-MEC to commence the process of tailoring the A-320 to the United pilots' operating philosophy.
 The presentation lasted approximately two hours and included many questions from local union officials.
 UAL-MEC Chairman Roger Hall said: "The union leadership was not consulted during the process of aircraft selection, and we would prefer the selection of an American-manufactured aircraft which would improve the employment, economic condition, and technological advancement of the United States. Since the management of our corporation has made the acquisition decision, we are working to ensure that the operational and training requirements which we feel are necessary will become a part of United's A-320 program."
 Note: The following resolution provides additional background information:
 Today, in session, the UAL-MEC unanimously passed the following resolution:
 WHEREAS, the fate of the U.S. economy continues to hang in the balance, and
 WHEREAS, the American workers' future and well-being is under attack by this anemic economy fostered by years of neglect and economic philosophies dedicated to shipping jobs and futures off shore, and
 WHEREAS, the thoughtless rush to an indiscriminately applied global economy has left thousands of American workers reeling without work or underemployed working at the few jobs remaining at rates of pay significantly lower than those available when the growth and strength of the American economy was the main focus of our government and our industrial leaders, and
 WHEREAS, the current failing status of the aviation industry is sadly typical of so many American industries operating perilously close to extinction, and
 WHEREAS, the ranks of unemployed American aviation workers being forced out of work continues to grow at an alarming rate, and
 WHEREAS, thousands of Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas aerospace workers have been given layoff notices, and their managements continue to warn that more layoffs will follow if the American economy does not quickly reverse its downward spiral, and
 WHEREAS, United Airlines' significant reduction in capital spending plans was a body blow to the ranks of this industry's workers, and
 WHEREAS, this plan to spend over $2 billion on foreign aircraft will mean more misery foisted on thousands of families across this country as American jobs will be eliminated as U.S. aircraft production lines continue to slow or shut down completely, and
 WHEREAS, a large part of the misery will be felt by workers of the Pacific Northwest where our own United Airlines family has its roots,
 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the UAL-MEC go on record as being seriously concerned that the agreement between United Airlines management and the foreign consortium Airbus Industrie is not in the best interest of U.S. Labor,
 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UAL-MEC is concerned that the economic package presented by Airbus and foreign financing may be tantamount to product dumping, which has been the death knell of numerous U.S. industries and American jobs,
 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UAL-MEC expresses its lack of enthusiasm that our pilots' at least temporary promotions and job security come at the expense of many U.S. aerospace workers and thus the U.S. economy as a whole,
 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UAL-MEC pledges to our brothers and sisters in the U.S. labor movement that we will expend all our energies and resources from the ballot boxes to the board room to reverse the economic policies of this country which continue to heap misery upon the workers of this nation.
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 /CONTACT: Capt. Jim Hanson for the Air Line Pilots Association, 708-292-1700/ CO: Air Line Pilots Association; United Airlines; Airbus Industrie ST: Illinois IN: AIR SU:


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