• Petitioned Jeff Smisek

This petition was delivered to:

CEO, United Airlines
Jeff Smisek
Senior Vice President - HR, United Airlines
Mike Bonds
Vice President - Employee Relations, United Airlines
Donna Towle

Tell United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek: United Retirees Deserve a Fair Deal!

    1. Petition by

      United Retiree Action

      Washington, DC

The merger of Continental and United Airlines last year was a historic achievement, bringing together two world class airlines. Employees and retirees of both airlines are hopeful about the prospects for a stronger United following the merger.

Part of a stronger United is ensuring that there is a fair deal for United employees and retirees going forward. Especially encouraging are new United President Jeff Smisek’s statements in support of "respect and fairness" for the newly combined work groups. The hope is that Smisek’s open style that supports fairness and transparency in decision making will mean fair and just treatment for current and former United employees.

But the hoped for culture of respect and fairness took a turn for the worse with the recent announcement of the new United employee pass travel policy due to launch in 2012.

Jeff and his new HR senior team promised a comprehensive review of travel benefits for current and former employees, but the process for this review was problematic. First, the employee  survey developed by the Hay group was long, complex, and counter-intuitive.  The new UA financed the survey, and allowed employees at both UA and CO to take the survey while at work, on a company computer, with clearly demarcated explanations posted online or posted in company open areas. Retirees, not all of which own a computer, were asked to find the survey on the company site, and utilize their own or their local library to take their survey.

Following the survey, management made decisions to adapt a new pass travel policy which affirms that all "active employees" will have the same  boarding priority. For United retirees this a devastating change. In the current policy, United retirees board before active employees. Under the new policy, retirees board last – after every single active employee – even those with just 6 months seniority.  This is unfair to United retirees who worked for the company for decades and were promised travel benefits at retirement.

But there is an alternative – a compromise between the current policy and the new policy. All employees, retired and active, management and non-management – should board together by SENIORITY. A United retiree who retired after 25 years would board before an employee with 15 years experience, but after an active employee still working with 30 years’ service.

Please sign the attached petition below that requests a review of the new pass policy, and a replacement with true seniority based boarding for all active and retired employees.

 Once you have signed please forward to fellow retirees and employees, frequent flyers, friends and family using the send icon below. Your message will be automatically  emailed  to United CEO Jeff Smisek, Executive Vice President – HR Mike Bonds, and Vice President –Employee Relations Donna Towle letting them know that you support a review and change of the new pass policy.

While we are concerned about some aspects of the new policy, we also want to underline our support for one new aspect of it -- the 8 vacation passes offered as a gesture of good will. This new benefit should remain the way it is presented in the new pass policy, given the hard work and dedication that all employees have contributed.

P.S. Don't forget to send to other friends, employees, and customers using the easy facebook, and twitter buttons embedded in the send letter page.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,500 signatures
    2. Happy Holidays to all action oriented retirees!

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      Many retirees are still actively sending letters to the UA senior team and board members. No news from EEOC can mean they're taking their time, or waiting until the new policy is implemented so that actual discrimination has taken place.

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. Chicago Tribune Article on Jeff Smisek

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      If you have not read the article on Jeff Smisek in the Chicago Tribune for Sunday, Oct. 30th, please go to the Link below. The editor has done a fantastic job of portraying the Jeckel side of Jeff, we'd like an article on the Hyde side..., the man who is treating UA retirees unfairly.

    5. EEOC compaint participants!

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to the hundreds of retirees who completed, and participated in the complaint process with the EEOC! We await the decision on the age discrimination complaint that was filed on behalf of UA retirees in protest of the proposed discriminatory new retiree pass travel policy.

      Thanks for taking action and assisting this worthy cause!

    6. Read recent Article in DEN Post

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      A very well written article regarding the unfair treatment of UA and other retirees appeared this past weekend in the DEN Post. Please take a look and add your comments at the link provided below.
      We've obtained over 6,100 signatures and climbing!

    7. Reached 6,000 signatures
    8. UPDATE -- COrrect LINK Address for Discrimination Support

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      Friends, We have been advised that the link address sent out in this week's Update Notice does not work correctly. We just tested the Link above and were successful. If this does not work for you try tying the link into yr address header line.

    9. Zip code error for Letter Blitz!

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      The zip for Jeff Smisek and Donna Towle should be 60601.... A friend caught the error in the message sent last week. Hope all are able to send letters to both of them by August 1.

    10. Thanks for your responses to our August 1st Letter Blitz!

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      We're received many positive comments regarding the "white out in July" we're trying to achieve by sending letters to Jeff Smisek and Donna Towle by August 1st! Thanks for your support and keep those letters flying.

    11. There has been much action in the past 30 days! Thanks for your support!

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      Meetings have taken place with Donna Towle by several retiree groups! While stating she is uninterested in petitions, e-mails, etc, she obviously is aware of the number of retirees who are upset! We're ready to move to the next phase. Stay tuned!

    12. Petition Continues with over 5,000 Signatures

      United Retiree Action
      Petition Organizer

      Yes, we continue to receive signers for our Petition to get Jeff Smisek and team to change the proposed Pass Policy!

      Please continue to seek interested supporters who can help get us to our goal of 10,000 signatures.

    13. Reached 5 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Howard Carlson SPARKS, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      I worked for United Airlines for over 36 yrs. and gladly let retirees use their retirement to board ahead of working employees. I am looking forward to this same boarding priority since I retired.

      What a slap in the face by UAL.

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    • Antonia Cook ORANGE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Senority in all policies.This is proticol in the airlines!

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    • Christine Earl LAS VEGAS, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is important to retirees because that was the benefit we were promised and worked for after 25 years of service.

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    • rosemarie restivo LAS VEGAS, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      I want my buddy passes back...

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    • rosemarie restivo LAS VEGAS, NV
      • almost 2 years ago

      I AM A RETIRED UAL EMP. THOSE THAT VOTED FOR US TO HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BOARDING LAST WILL SOME DAY WILL HAVE THE SAME PLEASURE, SPENDING EXTRA MONEY ON HOTELS BECAUSE WE COULD NOT GET ON THE PLANE. WAITING STANDBY WATCHING PEOPLE WITH ONE YEAR SENORITY. YOU WILL ENJOY IT ALSO.

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