Flight Attendants Picketing for Fair Pay in Washington, DC
Launching a campaign for fair and equal pay across all U.S. airlines, members of The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the largest flight attendant union in the world, will be marching outside B and C terminals at Washington National Airport on Tuesday, a PRNewswire press release announced.
"The airline industry is raking in billions, at the expense of workers on the frontlines of regional airlines," said AFA International President Sara Nelson. "The three major U.S. carriers are pocketing a portion of their profit by promoting wage inequality. It's the same brand, the same passengers buying tickets but the pay for aviation's first responders is a fraction of that for crew on mainline flights. Flight attendants know undercutting pay for any flight attendant puts in jeopardy the standards for all flight attendants."
Tuesday’s demonstration, to be populated by flight attendants from regional airlines and mainline flight attendant supporters, will be the first of many across the country aiming to bridge the gap in pay between mainline and regional airline cabin crews. The protest will occur after a Regional Flight Attendant Coalition meeting with AFA and the International Association of Machinists (IAM).
"The U.S. airline industry is crucial to the success of our economy, as are the Flight Attendants who are on the frontlines and serve an important role in keeping passengers safe," said Nelson. "It's time to close the pay gap and end wage discrimination."
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