Pressure Had Been Building in Recent Months as Consumer Groups, Antitrust organizations and SEIU filed comments calling for a full review The US Justice Department along with six states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, September… Continue Reading →
U.S. airlines responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with decisions about staffing that continue misguided tensions with workers who serve airline travelers. Despite receiving billions of dollars in federal assistance to help protect jobs and keep our nation’s aviation system ready,… Continue Reading →
The nearly 2 million member union submitted comments to the Department of Transportation this week The Service Employees International Union submitted comments last week to the US Department of Transportation regarding the increasingly scrutinized joint venture by American Airlines and… Continue Reading →
Airports are critical infrastructure for cities and states that are funded by public resources.2They connect people across the country and around the world. Airports have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, but have received significantly less government aid than the $54 billion allocated to airlines.
In a new report, airport workers continue to raise alarms about the safety of the nation’s aviation system during the busy holiday travel season, which kicked off with 1.2 million people flying for the Thanksgiving holiday, a pandemic high for… Continue Reading →
As the aviation industry struggles to recover and keep its workers and passengers safe during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important that airlines don’t neglect the potential workplace hazards that its contracted workers face at their airport operations. In our latest… Continue Reading →
Regular readers of Airline Accountability will not be surprised to hear that we were pleased to learn of the recent reintroduction of The Airline Accountability Act, in Congress. The bill targets the airline industry’s practice of outsourcing labor to low-road… Continue Reading →
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) serves as a gateway for visitors to our vibrant and fast-growing city. United Airlines has 77 percent market share at IAH and depends on airport workers and our taxpayer-funded airport to make their billions in profits, but the thousands of airport service workers who make the airport run are struggling to make ends meet. 1A recent survey of more than 300 contracted service workers, including skycaps, wheelchair attendants and cabin cleaners found that 43 percent of those surveyed are paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and 96 percent make less than $11 an hour. Ninety-four percent of the workers surveyed say they do not make enough to support themselves and their families.
Airlines such as American and Delta contract out certain passenger services like cabin cleaning and wheel chair assistance to companies like Eulen America. Recent investigations into Eulen reveal serious problems with that company in East coast airports.
As a result of recent changes in contracting at Southwest Airlines, critical, front-line passenger service and safety positions – jobs like wheelchair assistants, baggage handlers, and plane cleaners – are now being performed by workers employed by low-road, irresponsible contractors… Continue Reading →