Flight attendants in peaceful pillow protest
The FA's at American plan a pillow fight of sorts today (Friday) but it's a friendly one. The public demonstration by the union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, entails handing out pillows to American passengers at DFW, New York LaGuardia, Miami, and LAX in a campaign they're calling PAX FOR PAX. In other words, 'passengers for peace' or 'peace for passengers.' The union notes that most airlines have removed pillows ftom their planes, and some carriers are charging for them. The attendants say "while we endeavor to bring peace to your time in our plane, we ask you to help us bring economic peace to our working lives." Their website, paxforpax.com, will have more details today.
The APFA is in negotiations with American "to fix some of the most pressing issues facing flight attendants," including improving working conditions, restoring pay and overhauling the flight attendant duty-scheduling system. The union says, "Despite making sacrifices to stave off bankruptcy in 2003, American flight attendants' pay and benefits have been reduced by 33% while workload has increased 47%, resulting in less time with their families. Meanwhile, American Airlines executives have rewarded themselves with $366 million in bonuses over the last three years." American says it's committed to bargaining in good faith,
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