Ladies and Gentlemen:
Over the past year, our Negotiating Committee has been working to tabulate the data from the Negotiations Survey we conducted last year, in order to identify our negotiating priorities. As you may recall, in early 2020, to coincide with the first survey, our Negotiating Committee conducted a systemwide Listening Tour visiting each base, to hear your priorities for our next round of contract negotiations.
To be sure we are most accurately capturing the priorities of our current Flight Attendant population, we will again conduct a survey to guide us in preparing for negotiations. By conducting this supplemental survey, we’ll ensure that the results, and thus our priorities, from the survey conducted in 2020 remain valid and guide us as we continue to prepare for negotiations.
This second survey will be conducted using random sampling methodology to ensure a statistically valid result. We used the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Survey Center to conduct the first survey in 2020, and we will again utilize the assistance of these outside professionals to administer this survey. Approximately 10,000 United Flight Attendants will be randomly selected by UNH to participate in this survey, which will open May 17 at 0800 CT with all survey responses due by May 31, 2021.
If you are selected to receive the survey, we encourage you to participate. This supplemental survey will build and refine our Opening Proposal for when we commence contract negotiations. If you are not selected to participate in this survey, rest assured there will be many more opportunities to continue providing feedback on your priorities and to participate in the negotiations process.
When we shifted our attention and focused our resources on navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic last Spring, you may recall, we temporarily suspended publication of our newsletter Negotiations News. In the coming weeks you can expect to see more communication from us as we prepare to relaunch Negotiations News.
If you are not currently subscribed, we encourage you to sign up to receive E-Lines and Negotiations News so you can remain engaged and informed as we continue preparing for, and ultimately commencing, contract negotiations.
The Officers of the United Master Executive Council