American Airlines flight attendants protested outside of 15 major U.S airports on Sunday over work conditions. The airline’s staff held a major protest 1993, shutting the airline down, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded and had to fly planes empty, this protest 25 years later was similar however it was not on the same scale.
The flight attendants protest was regarding poor working conditions with the employes signs mentioning contract violations, inhumane schedules, the sick policy, and the toxic workplace, however little more is known about the specifics of the poor working conditions. The protest was organized by the employes union and they have threatened to cause a similarly sized protest to that in 1993 if working conditions do not improve. The union said: “It’s unbelievable that we are here 25 years later still fighting for fair and equitable working conditions for our flight attendants. Our members chose this historic date to show their extreme dissatisfaction,”.
Fair to say if a larger scale protest does go ahead it would cause absolute devastation for American. A week before Thanksgiving in 1993 flight attendants caused the whole airline to pretty much shut down for 5 days with president Bill Clinton having to step in to stop the strike and return AA to normal operations only after million of dollers were lost in revnue.
American Airlines Boeing 767 aircraft, it is still used today, full photo credit