Bridge the Gap - Day of Action
June 16, 2015
We are conducting a System-Wide Day of Action informational picket with Flight Attendants throughout the industry and at airports across the country on June 16, 2015. Be a part of sending a powerful message to the negotiating table at all airlines: We are united for our careers and ready to lift standards across the industry.
Media Release (June 16, 2015)
If one Flight Attendant is mistreated, all are in jeopardy of being mistreated. We must work together in solidarity to support each other and achieve better pay and benefits for all Flight Attendants. Regional carriers bridge the gap between big cities and small towns and carry 40% of the passengers that mainline airlines transport to larger airports around the world. Without their contributions, mainline airlines would not enjoy the profits they do today, which fund the higher wages and better work rules at those carriers.
Airports and Times
Call 844-AFA-2-Action for latest times and locations.
IAD Meet at Employee Security - Arrivals level at 10:30 DTW Meet at Departures at the opposite end of the Westin between 10:30-0:45. ORD TBD (for latest updates, call 844-AFA-2-Action)
Meeting Point: United Terminal 1, Lower Level, Door 1A
DFW Meet at B-49 (High B) starting at 10:30. LAX Terminal 1 - Meet at the end of the terminal at 11:00. PDX Meet at passthrough by Alaska Airlines ticket counter at 10:45 PHL Meet near gate F2/TSA at about 10:45am. MSP Please meet at the Lindbergh Terminal, Departure Level Gold Ramp side by the elevators on the departure level between 10:15 - 10:30. LGA (Council 45) - Meet at Central Terminal B, departure level, Dunkin Donuts Area Food Court Concourse D at 1030 - 10:45.
Bridge the Gap means ending the discriminatory wage and work rule policies that Flight Attendants at regional carriers face compared to those of mainline Flight Attendants. We are all aviation’s first responders, ensuring passenger’s health, safety and security. All Flight Attendants deserve to be treated and paid equally.
Management needs to see that we are united and resolute in our demand for equal pay for equal work. To reserve your place on the picket line and to get updates on the latest locations call 844-AFA-2-Action.
About the Bridge the Gap campaign
Wherever any Flight Attendant is discriminated against, it affects our entire profession. We all want higher pay, better rest and work rules, affordable health care and a reasonable retirement.
Mainline management, who slashed pay and benefits through bankruptcy, are now using their post-merger consolidation to pit workers against each other.
Management has transferred routes to regional airlines and with it Flight Attendant jobs move to a structure with 45% less pay and benefits where we serve the same passengers paying the same ticket price to travel those routes.
And, there’s so much more than wages at stake, such as fighting fatigue. We all need adequate work rules to perform as aviation's first responders.
Discrimination only exists if we fail to act when we think it doesn't affect us individually. We must work together in solidarity to support each other and end discrimination that will undercut our careers. Equal pay for equal work - we will all do better together.
Currently, regional airlines perform 40% of the lift under mainline flags, yet the Flight Attendants flying regional carriers make 45% less on average than their counterparts flying the mainline airlines. In addition to being an issue of equality, this wage gap has the potential to drag down the entire Flight Attendant career. We are holding system wide events and encouraging participation from all Flight Attendants. If one Flight Attendant isn't paid equally, all Flight Attendants are in jeopardy of not receiving equal and fair treatment. Follow #BridgeTheGap on Twitter, or check back here on this website, and be on the lookout for an event coming to an airport near you soon!