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COURT HALTS UNITED'S PARIS BASE

 COURT HALTS UNITED'S PARIS BASE
 NEW YORK, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal judge in New York


yesterday issued a preliminary injunction stopping plans by United Airlines for opening a flight attendant base in Paris. In the lawsuit brought by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), AFL- CIO, United was ordered not to fill any flight attendant positions in Paris until it complies with the flights attendants' collective bargaining agreement.
 United had planned to open a flight attendant base in Paris Aug. 1. "But the company had tried to staff the Paris base primarily with new employees hired off the street in France," said Diane Tucker, president of AFA's United unit, which represents 18,000 flight attendants at the carrier. "United completely ignored the seniority and bidding rights in our contract and tried to exclude our flight attendants from these jobs." Of a total of approximately 275 positions in Paris, United limited to 75 the number available for flight attendants wishing to transfer from other bases. The collective bargaining agreement imposes no such limit.
 In a strongly worded opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Sifton dismissed United's arguments in defending its actions as "insincere," "insubstantial," and "sophistry." The ruling found that United had shown "its disregard for the seniority list" in attempting to proceed with the Paris base without obtaining sufficient visas for all flight attendants who bid and were entitled to transfer to Paris based on their seniority.
 "This is clear vindication in our fight to stop United's blatant attempt to transfer jobs out of the United States and to steamroll over our contract in the process," said Tucker. "We hope the company learns from this decision that it must respect the interests of the flight attendants and adhere to its contractual commitments."
 United's attempt to have the injunction stayed pending appeal was rejected by the court. United has expressed plans to pursue an immediate appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which is also in New York.
 The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, represents over 33,000 flight attendants on 20 carriers and is the largest flight attendant union in the world.
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 /CONTACT: Diane Tucker of the Association of Flight Attendants, 708-292-7170/
 (UAL) CO: Association of Flight Attendants; United Air Lines ST: New York IN: AIR SU:


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