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Flight Attendants Unite: Demanding Better Industry Standards and an End to Sexism

Flight attendants from various airlines, including Alaska and United, are uniting to demand fair compensation, retirement security, and an end to sexism. On February 13, 2024, they will hold a global day of action and picketing at over 30 airports to secure landmark contracts that reflect their essential role in the airline industry.

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Flight Attendants Unite: Demanding Better Industry Standards and an End to Sexism

Flight Attendants Unite: Demanding Better Industry Standards and an End to Sexism

Flight attendants from multiple airlines, including Alaska, Air Wisconsin, United, Omni, American, Southwest, and Frontier, are banding together to demand better industry standards. With over two-thirds of U.S. flight attendants currently in contract negotiations, they seek fair compensation, retirement security, flexibility, and an end to the legacy sexism that has long undervalued their work.

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A Global Day of Action

On February 13, 2024, these airline professionals plan to hold a worldwide day of action and picketing at over 30 airports. This coordinated effort aims to secure landmark contracts that accurately reflect the profits their work generates and the crucial role they play in the airline industry.

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Take a Stand

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One of the most prominent examples of this growing movement is the recent rejection of a proposed 15% raise by Alaska Airlines flight attendants. Union representatives from Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have met to review the contract for a potential merger between the two airlines. They have passed a resolution outlining their demands, which include an 'industry-leading' contract, and have called for accelerated contract negotiations.

Pressure Tactics and Potential Mergers

Some industry experts view the union's delay in approving the merger as a strategic move to pressure Alaska Airlines into a collective bargaining agreement. In contrast, flight attendants from JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines readily approved their proposed merger, which was recently blocked by a federal judge.

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As flight attendants continue to fight for improved working conditions, they also seek to challenge the lingering stereotypes and sexism that have plagued their profession. By standing together and demanding fair treatment, they hope to reshape the airline industry and secure a more equitable future for all flight attendants.

The upcoming global day of action serves as a powerful reminder that the human element remains at the heart of the airline industry. As these dedicated professionals take to the picket lines, they send a clear message that their work and their worth can no longer be undervalued or overlooked.

With over two-thirds of U.S. flight attendants engaged in contract negotiations, the time for change is now. Their united efforts aim to secure landmark contracts that reflect the profits generated by their labor and the essential role they play in the airline industry. On February 13, 2024, their worldwide day of action and picketing at over 30 airports will demonstrate their collective strength and determination.

From Alaska Airlines to Hawaiian Airlines, flight attendants are taking a stand against legacy sexism and demanding fair compensation, retirement security, and flexibility. As they continue to challenge stereotypes and reshape the airline industry, they send a powerful message that echoes around the world: the human element is the heart of aviation, and their work and worth can no longer be undervalued or overlooked.

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