(The following press release from the Association of Flight Attendantes
was received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.)
*MORE THAN 400 ALASKA AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANTS SUFFER HEALTH ISSUES FROM
*Union Demands Recall of Uniforms and Files Grievance*
*Alleging Management's Failure to Provide a Safe and Healthy Work Place*
*Washington, DC* – More than 400 Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants,
represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have
reported significant health issues while or after wearing uniforms issued
by management. Most reports describe skin symptoms – rash, hives, redness,
or itching – while a growing number indicate abnormal thyroid functions,
hair loss, eye irritation/inflammation, fatigue, shortness of breath,
congestion, coughing, and asthma.
Shortly after Alaska Airlines management issued new uniforms to the nearly
3,000 Flight Attendants in 2011, AFA began receiving reports regarding
health issues of crewmembers while on duty. AFA quickly suspected that the
uniforms were responsible and began extensive testing. Results from
scientific analysis on the uniforms indicated that several pieces of the
uniforms contained detectable levels of an allergenic dye.
“For the safety and health of Alaska Flight Attendants, we are demanding
that management work with us to immediately recall these hazardous uniforms
and issue new pieces that are safe alternatives and not harmful to
crewmembers and our families,” said Jeffrey Peterson, AFA Alaska President.
“Because management is unwilling to recall the uniform at this time, the
union has filed a contractual grievance alleging management's failure to
provide a safe and healthy work place. We will continue to press management
to do the right thing, but AFA will put this dispute before a neutral
arbitrator if necessary.”
*The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight
Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has
been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 years.
Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the
aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed
the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working
conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA,
part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America
(CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.*
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434-0586
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