Lynch Leads Letter to United CEO Expressing Concern over the Post-Merger Status of Employees at Logan

Aug 29, 2014

BOSTON, MA – Yesterday, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) led a letter signed by the Massachusetts Delegation that expresses concern regarding the post-merger status of United Airlines employees at Boston Logan International Airport. The letter to Jeffrey Smisek, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc., highlighted that there have been staff reductions and employees downgraded from full to part-time status since the 2010 merger. Chairman Smisek stated before Congress in 2010 that the United Airlines merger with Continental Airlines would have no significant effect on the jobs or wages of the new entity’s front-line employees.

“The workforce at Logan Airport deserves job security and a fair wage. I am troubled by the recent staffing reductions for front-line employees of United Airlines at Logan as this very concern was raised in 2010 prior to the merger and we were reassured that front-line employees would be protected from any cuts. My colleagues and I plan to monitor this situation and I am hopeful that United Airlines can find a way to balance the well-being of their employees with their bottom line,” Congressman Lynch said. 

Co-signers of the letter: Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey. Representatives Michael E. Capuano, Richard E. Neal, James P. McGovern, John F. Tierney, Niki Tsongas, William R. Keating, Joseph P. Kennedy III, and Katherine M. Clark.