Flight attendants in peaceful pillow protest

pillow_preview_travel.jpgThe 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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6 Responses to Flight attendants in peaceful pillow protest

  1. yyoufly October 11, 2008 at 3:32 am #

    Economic peace? Does their job not allow them a few minutes (at work, perhaps?) to scan the newspapers and read about what’s going on? Are they still on the executive bonus rant? No one cares – we can’t afford to fly!!!

  2. Emily Stevenson October 12, 2008 at 11:25 pm #

    Wow, that’s a big drop in pay and I’d be wanting that back, too. Big 47% more work? Are they kidding? It’s all I can do to flag one of them down for a second soft drink on a cross-country flight!

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