STATEMENT FROM GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP PRESIDENT AND CEO JEFF MOSELEY RESPONDING TO TODAY’S CONTINENTAL JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
“The loss of these jobs was not unexpected. Ultimately, the Greater Houston Partnership is confident that the merger between United and Continental will result in a positive net growth in jobs for our region. We are pleased that George Bush Intercontinental Airport will be the largest hub of the world’s largest airline. This foundation will allow us to grow jobs over time to make up for the initial losses. Houston’s friendly and attractive business climate, compared to other major cities, will always be appealing to United/Continental Holdings as it continues its integration and operates as one airline.”
STATEMENT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE ON THE LAYOFFS ANNOUNCED BY CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
“As the U.S. Representative of the downtown headquarters of Continental Airlines and the Bush Intercontinental Airport, I am disappointed that layoffs have come before Continental and United have a detailed plan of growth and development of the company as the two merge.
“The loss of these jobs are hurtful and impact families in our communities. As a member of the community who worked extensively on this merger, I look forward for Continental and United to release a plan of growth as we work to further develop Houston.
“Even though I know there are vigorous negotiations going on with the merger, just as their needs to be transparency in government, the merger process needs to be transparent between Continental and United. The shareholders are not the only stakeholders in this new merger. We need to stand up for the working families that have been impacted and I call on Continental and United to come forward with a plan of growth and development.”