AA Flight Attendants Practice Their Strike Skills Later This Month
Just in time for the holidays, the flight attendants of American Airlines are getting ready to strike. Well, not exactly, but they are trying to prove a point and are hoping to do so with a simulated strike on November 18. They’ll be fake striking this month to get some practice under their belts, because if they don’t get what they want, there might be some real strikes once 2010 rolls around.
You’ll know if you’re aboard a faux strike flight as the flight attendants will be wearing red and yellow badges attached to their union pins with slogans like “Got Guts” and “Got Union”—guess that’s better than "hell no we won’t go." The flight attendants have promised that none of their actions will affect the operations of any flights. We’ll hope they stick to their words and that there are no overzealous flight attendants that go a little too far to prove a point.
Their demonstration toward the end of November is symbolic as they did strike 16 years ago, and they are hoping that their actions will improve contract negations with American Airlines. One of the primary issues is that they’re trying to get back some cash that was lost in 2003 when the airline did whatever it could to avoid bankruptcy. We don’t want to take sides since we love airlines and flight attendants equally, but hopefully all is resolved quickly because we need to go somewhere warm in January and need their services.
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[Photo: Mike Miley]