Adam Abrahms Quoted in “United Airlines President’s Comments Could Ground Union Takeoff”

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Adam C. Abrahms, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Health Care & Life Sciences practices, in the firm’s Los Angeles office, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA, in “United Airlines President’s Comments Could Ground Union Takeoff,” by Fatima Hussein and Jaclyn Diaz.

Following is an excerpt:

United Airlines Inc. catering workers could lose flight benefits if they ultimately vote to join the Unite Here! union, President J. Scott Kirby told an employee during a meet-and-greet in Houston, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg Law through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Kirby’s statements could complicate the employees’ union drive or incite litigation that could hinder the company’s attempt to block it.

Employees enjoy flight privileges, including discounted rates on airline tickets and unlimited standby travel to anywhere United flies, according to the company’s website. …

Adam C. Abrahms, an attorney for Epstein Becker & Green PC in Los Angeles, told Bloomberg Law that Kirby’s comments are textbook answers.

“These comments have long been recognized as the things you would train management personnel on how to respond to union organizing issues,” he said. “It was a fairly good statement in response to an impromptu question he received.”

It’s very likely, however, that the union could pursue a labor complaint against United for these comments, Abrahms added.