INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS, LL2339N

JUNE, 2010

FLIGHT LINE
Merger Talks Instill Fear
What you need to know and how you can stay informed
(Excerpted from Merger Matters, a publication of the IAMAW)

IN THIS ISSUE Merger Talks President’s Message Congressional Hearing 1 2 3

Pensions—The IAM believes that all employees deserve traditional defined benefit pension plans. But if the Continental-United merger is completed, the IAM has serious concerns about the ability of the Continental Airlines Retirement Plan (CARP) to survive with flight attendants continuing to accrue benefits. Outside of bankruptcy, a company sponsoring a pension plan cannot simply terminate and walk away from the plan. All vested benefits must still be paid. However, the plan could be frozen, meaning participants will no longer earn additional benefits, but vested benefits would be paid upon retirement in accordance with the plan’s provisions. CARP currently allows flight attendants the option to take their pension benefits in a lump sum. If CARP is frozen, the lump sum option will remain for vested benefits. If CARP is frozen, your IAM contract requires Continental to automatically begin contributing to the IAM National Pension Plan (NPP) on your behalf going forward. However, control of CARP and the responsibility to pay your previously vested CARP benefits will remain with the company. Since both United and the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have approved the NPP for United’s current IAM members, the NPP can be put in place if the IAM remains your post-merger collective bargaining representative, even if CARP is frozen after the merger. (continued on page 3)

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Flight Line A Monthly Publication President-Joey Guider V.P. – Mike Becerra Editor-Michael Zirulnik All Content ! of IAM Local Lodge 2339N 2010, All Rights Reserved www.LL23394u.org

AIDS Walk New York GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Your Local Lodge recently participated in the AIDS Walk New York. The 25-member IAM flight attendant team was proud to advocate for the 33 million people around the world living with HIV. The 5Kwalk had 46,000 participants and generated more than $5,000,000 in charitable donations to support the many organizations that need this funding. The $2,300 our team raised will promote education and awareness on the HIV epidemic and help GMHC with health care related costs. We would like to thank everyone who joined us in this very important event.

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS, LL2339N

JUNE, 2010

President’s Message
Dear Members: Today you hold in your hands, yet another way we are reaching out to you with factual and timely information related to your career and work life. In polls and informal interviews, you have said that dialogue between you and the union leadership is a key point you wanted addressed and improved upon. In response, we have launched a new local lodge website (www.LL23394u.org), crafted personal, content rich, weekly emails to members who signup and now we are happy to publish our lodge newsletter. I ask that you take time to peruse the first issue from cover-to-cover, allowing you to see what the lodge newsletter has to offer. We will continue building ways to deliver information that is relevant to your needs. There are industry changes going on all around us. The newly announced merger with UAL continues to be at the forefront of concern. The EWR executive-board has committed itself to working side-by-side with the IAH, CLE and GUM lodges, our District Lodge, and the Grand Lodge to ensure cohesiveness, unity and strong presence of representation for our members. I encourage you to attend the monthly business meeting, held the second Tuesday of every month. Meetings allow you to interact with friends and coworkers and see that you are not alone in this fight for a better work life. If you would like to get involved in a committee, send an email to www.working4u@LL23394u.org for information or stop by the communications desk. For those of you who do not have the time for deeper involvement, we will continue developing a network of communication tools that will keep you informed about your union, the merger and other pressing issues. I wish you all a safe and blessed summer. In Solidarity,

Joey Guider President

Every advance in this half-century: Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education... one after another- came with the support and leadership of American Labor. –Jimmy Carter
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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS, LL2339N

JUNE, 2010

VP Robert Roach Jr. to Testify at Aviation Subcommittee Hearing
By Christopher Boelens On Wednesday, June 16th, IAM General Vice President, Robert Roach Jr. will testify to the Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation. Chaired by Congressman Oberstar of Minnesota, Oberstar’s public opposition to any airline merger creates a level playing field for the over 10,000 CAL flight attendants that would be affected by the proposed CO/UAL merger. The focus of this hearing is to open up dialogue on the effects of airline mergers. Mr. Roach’s testimony will cover potential job losses, complication with seniority integration and pension obligations. The subcommittee will also investigate how a combined CO/UAL airline would affect consumers through pricing and competition. CO and XJT flight attendants are encouraged to attend the hearing dressed in full uniform as a sign of support and solidarity. The hearing will take place Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, at 9:30 a.m., in Room 2167 of the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Merger Talks Instill Fear
What you need to know and how you can stay informed (continued from page 1)
Representation—If a merger is completed, one issue that will be addressed is which union, if any, will represent flight attendants at the combined airline. The National Mediation Board (NMB), the government agency responsible for conducting airline union representation elections, has procedures to resolve representation disputes in airline mergers. Ultimately, flight attendant union representation will be determined by a vote of flight attendants. Contracts—The IAM-Continental agreement surpasses the United agreement in wages, retirement security and scheduling flexibility. Your bargaining committee is currently in negotiations with Continental to improve on what is already the leading contract in the industry. If the IAM is the successful union following an election, we will use our Continental contract as a starting point and work up from there, bargaining the elements of the United contract that flight attendants find favorable. When those negotiations are completed, the combined flight attendant group will get to vote on the first IAM-United Airlines flight attendant contract. Seniority—Integrating seniority is never easy. In Continental’s history there have been several seniority integrations, some of which were unilaterally implemented by the Lorenzo-led company when there weren’t any contracts in effect. The IAM is committed to integration of seniority in a way that is fair and equitable for all flight attendants. For the full story, visit www.faMergerMatters.org

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS, LL2339N

JUNE, 2010

Committee Reports

Descent on Congress: Mergers, FAA & OSHA
By Christopher Boelens Your legislative team is hard at work tackling the issues directly impacting flight attendants. Everyday our elected leaders vote on bills that they believe are best for you and your family. By holding those leaders accountable for their actions, the committee works to secure a better future for our flight attendants. Recently, our team traveled to Washington D.C. for the yearly Legislative Conference. We lobbied key members of Congress and the Senate on issues that will provide you a better work environment as well as promote job growth. Currently, the committee’s main focus is on the proposed Continental/United merger. We continue to voice our concerns in every meeting we have with Congressional and Senate members, making our apprehension of integration apparent. Concerns that were addressed include: - Elimination of hubs - Jobs loss - Pension obligations being jeopardized - Employee involvement In the coming months there will be Senate hearings that will shed more light on many of the questions you have regarding the merger. The legislative committee, as well as some members of your executive board will be present at these hearings so that we can weigh in on the progress and pass that information on to our members. Another issue we lobbied on was the FAA Re-authorization act. This Bill includes OSHA protection for flight attendants, significant studies on flight crew fatigue and mandatory inspections of foreign aircraft repair stations to name a few. Year after year we have fought for OSHA protection. Health standards for cabin air, running water and drinking water do not exist. The FAA doesn't even consider the aircraft cabin as a work environment. 4

We continue to lobby for REAL health and safety protections that will significantly reduce hazards in our workplace, just as they have for millions of Americans in other work environments. Questions or concerns, contact: Chris Boelens Legislative Committee Chair Chris.Boelens@LL23394u.org

Communications
By Sara Gonzalez Your Local Lodge communications team has been very busy the last few months. We have put together a strong committee focused on delivering information with focused efficiency. Besides our recently published newsletter, email alert campaign, increased presence in the crew room and on the concourse, we have also started communicating on Facebook. Make sure you friend request 'Newark Local.' You can find us by searching the e-mail address facebook@LL23394u.org. We encourage you to sign up for e-mail alerts at LL23394u.org. Stop by the communications table in the crew room and we can help! While you're there, make sure to fill out a Merger Watch card or signup online at www.faMergerMatters.org. It is the best way to get accurate information as soon as it becomes available directly from your union!

Good and Welfare
By Brandon Maberry The Good and Welfare Committee was established to acknowledge and comfort local lodge dues paying members at times of happiness or sorrow. The committee is to send acknowledgements to comfort members and their families when there is an illness, injury or bereavement, to congratulate members who retire, and to direct members to organizations for assistance if necessary. (continued on page 6)

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS, LL2339N

JUNE, 2010

Business Meeting LL2339-N
Agenda for June 8, 2010
1. Vote to approve to up to $4000 for office supplies, equipment, furniture and candy for the grievance committees of CAL and XJT. 2. Vote to approve up to $3,800 for the DL142 Election. This is to include payment of three (3) Tellers at 75% of their pay rate plus meals for two days (8Jun10 and 14Jun10). This will also include payment for a secure storage facility for voted ballots/absentee ballots (8Jun10 through 14Jun10) and meeting room for two days (8Jun10 for walk in voting and 14Jun10 for ballot count/final tally). 3. Vote to approve $2,850 per month from Aug 2010 through Aug 2012 for office rent with renewal of a 2 (two) year lease. 4. Vote to approve $650 per month for the months of July, August and September for the monthly meeting refreshments for our members. 5. Vote to approve to spend up to $4700 per month for the Communications committee for the month of August, September and October. 6. Vote to approve to spend up to $6000 for Union lapel wings. 7. Vote to approve up to $1000 per month for the XJT Hotel Committee for the months of July, August and September. 8. Vote to approve up to $2000 per month for CAL Hotel Committee inspections for the months of July, August and September. 9. Vote to approve up to $6000 total for the newsletter. Total to include payment of up to $50 per hour for 15 hours per month for June through December 2010 10. Vote to approve up to $8,400 for each month for a period of 18 months for up to two (2) communication committee members to educate members on the CAL/UA merger. This will be a full time position paid as per the local lodge bylaws. 11. Vote to approve up to $5000 to send the primary officers, the communicators and all the grievance reps of CAL and XJT to a merger meeting/training on July 6-9 held at Winpisinger. Cost to include 3 nights hotel and per diem rates for the travel dates. 5

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS, LL2339N

JUNE, 2010

Good and Welfare
(continued from page 4) Donations can be flowers, cards or something in that likeness. Deaths can be acknowledged with cards, flowers or charitable donations. Retirements and other illness or injury will be limited to cards. Any charitable donations must comply with IAMAW policies and procedures. Please send all requests for remembrances to Brandon Maberry, Chair of the Good and Welfare Committee at Brandon.Maberry@LL23394u.org. The referrals must include the name and address of the member and the reason for your request. If the request is for a plant, flowers, or a balloon bouquet, you will also need to include the person’s home phone number for delivery purposes. All acknowledgements must go through the committee before sent or completed.

LL2339N Monthly Business Meeting Date: June 8, 2010 July 13, 2010 August 10, 2010 September 14, 2010 October 12, 2010 November 9, 2010 December 14, 2010 Time: 3pm (eastern) Place: Renaissance Hotel 1000 Spring Street Elizabeth, NJ 07201

In Solidarity…Union Strong

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