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Teamsters, CWA Picket American Airlines

AA Picket PHX November

Passenger Service Workers Demand Improved Compensation, Job Security

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(NATIONWIDE) Hundreds of American Airlines passenger service workers represented by the Communications Workers of America—International Brotherhood of Teamsters Association took to the country’s airports to demand an equitable collective bargaining agreement during informational pickets.

“American Airlines must give its workers the respect and compensation they deserve,” said Kim Barbaro, Teamsters Airline Division National Coordinator for Customer Service and Flight Attendants. “The airline industry is back, and business is better than ever. This carrier reported nearly $40 billion in revenue this year, we’ve been bargaining since last year, but this company has not made commitments on job security, health care benefits, and wages.”

Teamsters at American Airlines, who have been without a raise for nearly four years, staged pickets in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Omaha, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Although the two unions and the airline have made progress, the two parties are still far apart on a number of core economic issues. The workers called on travelers to stand with them as they demand the company improve its offers on compensation.

“Our members’ jobs have only gotten harder and more demanding since the pandemic,” said Joe Ferreira, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “American Airlines executives need to stop dragging their feet in negotiations and asking for concessions, and instead make real movement on compensating our members for the critical services they provide.”

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