organizations of workers from United Airlines who support the UAHF
mission have created alliances with the Foundation.
The Retiree Association of
Flight Attendants-Communication Workers of America
(RAFA); Clipped WingsŪ United Airlines Stewardess Alumnae and Flight
Attendants, Inc.; the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1781 Retirees Association at SFO; the
Retired United Pilots Association and the Retired United Airlines
Employees Association are now UAHF Alliance affiliate organizations.
Retiree Association of Flight Attendants
A Strong Voice of
Advocacy for Retired Flight Attendants
first generation of retired long term, career Flight Attendants
faced ongoing restructuring and bankruptcy from
their former airline employers in the first decade of the 21st
Attendant retirees from San Francisco and
Los Angeles quickly formed retiree networks
in 2004 to work together to help save negotiated health care
provisions and pensions. The
Association of Flight Attendants solicited retirees to help form an
alliance to negotiate with other retirees to reach an agreement to
protect health care benefits.
RAFA is a rapidly growing organization of nearly 1500 retired Flight
Attendants worldwide. Local councils meet
quarterly, in addition to fundraising meetings and social
councils determine their participation in legislative, social and
Elections are by direct membership vote.Local presidents form the Executive Board.
is open to former Flight Attendants and a special category of
associate membership is available to relatives and supporters.Membership fees are modest.
purpose of RAFA is to unite retired members into a cohesive
organization to advocate for retiree and pre-retiree needs by
organizing and participating in legislative, educational, civil,
social, and economic and community activities.
Members review and share
information, and support programs that affect their well-being
including health care, transportation benefits and pensions.
RAFA promotes participation
in policy debates and awareness of current legislation at local,
state, national and international levels of government.
Coalition of the United Airlines Historical Foundation and Alliance for Retired Americans.
Community Projects:RAFA officers and representatives participate in legislative
conferences at Federal and State levels.Actions include lobbying, leafleting and testifying for the
well-being of retirees and pre-retirees.Fundraiser events for projects include memorial tributes to
airline crews who gave their lives on 9/11, participation in the
Revlon Run/Walk for Women’s Health to raise funds to fight women’s
cancer and promoting historical foundations.
Publications and Communications:Electronic
updates to members, supporters and interested organizations include
presidents’ letters, minutes, announcements and
social/legislative/economic news specific to retirees.
United Airlines Stewardess
Alumnae and Flight Attendants, Inc.
Purpose:The purpose of Clipped WingsŪ is to support Special Olympics
and other philanthropic projects as well as to maintain a social
network of friendships among former and current flight attendants.
It is a nonprofit 501(c) (3), nonpolitical, noncommercial,
nonsectarian and nonpartisan organization.
Membership:1,300. Membership is open to
all United Airlines Stewardesses, Capital Airlines Hostesses, and
former and current United Airlines Flight Attendants, and all flight
attendants from airlines that have merged with United and
membership year is from October 1 – September 30.
The five National Officers
are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Editor.
Chapters:There are currently 30
chapters in 20 states and the
District of Columbia.
This includes a
Members-at-Large Chapter, which offers membership to those residing
anywhere in the world.
Meetings:A National Biennial
Convention is held in September of every even-numbered year.
Local chapter meetings vary
among the various chapters, but most meet on a monthly basis.
Alliances:United Airlines Historical Foundation
Community Projects:Local chapters support many different charities in their
communities (see our web site for a partial listing).
Nationally, Clipped WingsŪ
supports its main charities Special Olympics, Flight 93 Memorial and
Publications:The Clipped WingsŪ Quarterly
newsletter is mailed four times a year to all members, a National
Roster and Bylaws is mailed once every two years to all members; and
a monthly President’s Letter is mailed electronically to all
National Officers, Chapters Presidents and National Chairmen and is
also posted on the Clipped WingsŪ website.
International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Local Lodge 1781 Retirees
Purpose:The main goals of the IAM Local Lodge 1781 Retirees
Association are to enhance the well-being of its members though
social and educational forums and events.
Open membership to retired
IAM members and family and friends of the Association.
The Executive Board is the
Elections are by direct membership vote and Committees are formed by
the Executive Board.
Chapters/Clubs:One chapter is headquartered
at IAM Hall in Burlingame, California.
Meetings:Monthly membership and
executive board meetings are held. One
annual picnic gathering is sponsored.
Alliances:United Airlines Historical Foundation, CaliforniaAlliance for
Retired Americans and Alliance for
Retired Americans (CARA and ARA), Congress of
Community Projects:Members work during a
monthly three day preparation of food distribution sacks for
unemployed workers and families through the San Mateo County Central
Labor Council (AFL-CIO). Members
participate in a wide range of social, political, educational and
economic issues that are of concern to its members.
Publications:Trade Winds newspaper from IAM Local 1781 carries IAM retiree
Retired United Airlines
What is RUAEA?
RUAEA is the Retired United Airlines Employees Association.It is made up of former employees of United Airlines,
Continental Airlines and their subsidiaries.
It was organized to maintain
friendships between retired co-workers and to develop new
friendships among retirees and it serves as the proactive voice for
their interests, issues and causes. The primary activities of the organization are the
publication of a monthly newsletter (paper and online), and the
organization of a yearly national convention.
On a local level, the
organization is made up of chapters located wherever United Airlines
retirees are located.
Membership:As of February 24, 2014 the
current RUAEA membership is 6,527. Former
members of United Airlines, Continental and their subsidiaries may
become regular members. Widows
or widowers of deceased regular members may become associate
The RUAEA Executive Board consists of six officers,(President,
Executive VP, Secretary, VP-Conventions, Treasurer, Past President),
five Nominating Committee Members, ten Regional Directors, a
Membership Manager and seven assistants, two Newsletter Managers,
two Website Managers, three Convention Committee members, two Audit
Committee members, one Headquarters Liaison, one Airline Liaison,
one President of UAHF, and one Board Consultant member.
Chapters:RUAEA currently has 61
chapters in 26 states including Alabama,
New Jersey, New York,
Meetings:The RUAEA Executive Board meets three times a year and the
full membership meets annually at the national convention.
Alliances:Clipped Wings, United Airlines Historical Foundation
Community Projects:Most local chapters support charities and host events within
Publications:The RUAEA Newsletter is a
monthly publication available to members via U.S. Mail, online from
the organizations website, or both.
Purpose:The purpose of the RUPA
organization is to enhance the welfare of and to maintain the
friendships and association of its members.This is accomplished by organizing and holding periodic
luncheons, dinners, cruises, social events, and conventions.RUPA is a tax-exempt organization.
Membership:Retired or active UAL pilots, or predecessor companies are
eligible for membership.Active UAL pilots will be associate members and enjoy all
rights and privileges except voting rights.In addition, any retired UAL Flight Operations employee may
be considered, at a regular meeting, for membership.
RUPA national officers
consist of President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, which
form the Executive Committee.The Board of Directors consists of the three Executive Board
Members and Past Presidents of RUPA.
Chapters:There are currently 26
informal groups meeting in various locations with varying
attendance, dates, and times.Chapters are located in Arizona,
New York, Ohio,
and Washington, D.C.
Meetings:Meetings vary with each
local group from monthly to bi-monthly, quarterly, semiannually, and
Airlines Historical Foundation
Publications:RUPANEWS, Journal of the
Retired United Pilots Association is published monthly (except
January) and is also available to its members via email.