You may see flight attendants picketing at several big airports tomorrow. It's not a job action, but rather what the flight attendants unions call a "mock strike." United Airlines flight attendants are showing support for American Airlines flight attendants over the usual issues: pay and benefit cuts, lousy working conditions, all those promises unkept.
Following is a statement this afternoon from the United flight attendants union:
Chicago – United Airlines flight attendant members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA) will join members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) at American Airlines on the picket line at airports around the country tomorrow. While American flight attendants conduct a mock strike and walk the picket line, United flight attendants will join them in solidarity for a fair contract and coordinated efforts to lift the standard for flight attendants across the industry.
"This may be a mock strike but the issues we share with our colleagues at American are all too real," said Greg Davidowitch, president of the AFA-CWA at United Airlines. "We are standing together for improvements in pay and working conditions. If management does not agree to new contracts, then the next strike won't be a mock strike."
Both United and American flight attendants shouldered deep concessions to help their airlines turn around during United’s bankruptcy and American’s efforts to avoid Chapter 11. Flight attendants have suffered the effects of huge cuts to pay, benefits and retirement while working longer hours away from their families for nearly a decade. Now the flight attendant union members are standing together to rebuild their career by negotiating fair contracts at each airline with improvements in pay, health care, retirement and quality of work life.
AFA-CWA flight attendants will join the picket line tomorrow, November 18th, in locations where United and American both have flight attendant bases. These locations are: Boston Logan International Airport from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm local time; Chicago O’Hare from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm local time; Los Angeles International Airport from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm local time; New York LaGuardia Airport from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm local time; San Francisco International Airport from 7:00 am – 2:00 pm local time; and Washington National Airport from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm local time."