Flight attendants wreak havoc at airports across America

United and Southwest Airlines flight attendants held protests at airports across the US on Tuesday to draw attention to chaotic scheduling and other workplace problems.

Airline employees protested at 15 airports in cities and regions, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Newark, Phoenix and Guam. At Dallas Love Field Airport, flight attendants not set to work organized an informational picket calling for better compensation and ways to make life less difficult for themselves and passengers.

Transport Workers Union Local 556, the union for 18,000 flight attendants in Dallas-based Southwest, says, “An improved operation will mean fewer reroutes and a better quality of life with technology failures that leave passengers and flight attendants stranded.” tweeted on Tuesday.

In an email to CBS Moneywatch, a spokesperson said, “Southwest Airlines has an award-winning culture that respects our employees and encourages them to express their opinions. Informational picketing is common during contract negotiations, and we Do not expect any disruption in service.”

Demonstrations also sparked protests at Chicago-based United, as members of the Association of Flight Attendants, the nation’s largest association for flight attendants, including flight attendants.

According to the AFA, United needs to fix the problems causing havoc for flight attendants and passengers alike. “This summer was one of the worst in recent history,” Ken Diaz, president of the union’s United chapter, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The passengers had to bear the brunt and so did the flight attendants.”

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United canceled more than a dozen flights last week due to a lack of mandatory inspections for some of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with the AFA citing the scenario as an example of management laxity.

Inadequate staff complaints

The union claims that United’s failure to manage crew schedules, catering and other jobs has exacerbated the flight disruptions, which the airline claims have refused to acknowledge the problems.

United said it has worked with flight attendants to resolve scheduling issues.

A spokesperson for United told CBS Moneywatch in an email, “We have worked hard to reduce wait times for flight attendants to speak to crew schedulers, including more hiring and adding digital options for certain items.” Is.”

Meanwhile, at San Francisco International Airport, staff including cashiers, baristas, cooks and other restaurant and lounge employees walkie picket lines Tuesday the second day. According to the union, which represents them, about 1,000 workers earn about $17 an hour and haven’t had a pay increase in three years, after nine months of contract negotiations stalled.

The airline industry is already struggling with the return of passengers sidelined by the pandemic, while also facing lack of pilots after several retire early or accepted purchases.

Comes between walkout and picketing at airports a jump of events At large employers like Amazon, starbucks And trader Joe’swith Student activists on college campuses, On Capitol Hill, employees of Democratic Rep. Andy Levine The office recently voted to form a union.

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