Feb 16, 2024 | News Story

Flight Attendants Take Historic Action Together for Fair Contracts Covering 100,000 Crewmembers Including at LGA

On Tuesday, thousands of Flight Attendants from Alaska, Air Wisconsin, United, American, Southwest, Frontier and more, picketed outside more than 30 airports worldwide including NYC's LaGuardia. Flight Attendants represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), Transportation Workers Union (TWU) and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) joined forces in the historic protest. They took action together to push common demands to significantly improve Flight Attendant contracts and careers. 100,000 Flight Attendants at airlines across the industry are currently in contract negotiations.

Airlines returned to strong profitability post-pandemic, and 2024 is projected to see the highest volume of air travel in history. During the pandemic recovery Flight Attendants have dealt with skyrocketing cases of disruptive and violent passenger behavior, as well as short-staffing and operational issues that led to some of the most challenging working conditions in the industry’s history. New contracts are overdue and many Flight Attendants haven’t had a raise in years.

“Corporate greed plagues the industry,” said TWU International President John Samuelsen. “While airlines and their bosses are raking in record profits, hard working Flight Attendants across the country are standing up for better pay and working conditions. Workers must always fight for every gain. The employers will never willingly share the profits. This Day of Action is super critical.”

Across the country, Flight Attendants were joined by allies from labor unions including the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), the United Auto Workers (UAW), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and many other unions and members of the public. Read more here and watch on ABC7 NY.