Icelandair 767
Icelandair Pilots Accused Of Undermining Cabin Crew, Putting Safety Standards At Risk

A few weeks ago, Icelandair made headlines for its plan to fire all flight attendants and temporarily replace them with pilots. Now the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), which represents over five million transport workers in 41 countries,…

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Filed Under: Icelandair, Unions
British Airways Lounge Toronto – 4
Union Head Sends Scathing Letter To British Airways CEO, Threatens Strike

The head of the union representing British Airways' cabin crew has just sent a letter to British Airways' CEO. Not only does the union head threaten industrial action with immediate effect, but he also says that he's both "staggered and offended by [British…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
Icelandair 767
Icelandair Fires All Flight Attendants, Will Replace Them With Pilots

As reported by The Reykjavik Grapevine, Icelandair has fired all of its flight attendants, as the company will instead try to find "another party in the Icelandic labor market" to replace current employees. As of July 20, 2020, and until further notice,…

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Filed Under: Icelandair, Unions
British Airways 787
British Airways’ Creative Deal With Pilots

It looks like the current dispute between British Airways' pilots and management may be coming to an end... Airlines around the globe are suffering right now, and are having difficult conversations with labor groups, as redundancies loom. British Airways…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
United 737 12
Airline Unions Request Another $32 Billion From The Government

Six unions representing US airline workers want another $32 billion from the government. This is a concept I simply can't get behind... The CARES Act, which was passed a few month ago, offers around $50 billion in support to airlines. This includes $32…

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Filed Under: Unions
American Main Cabin Extra – 8
American Airlines Pilots Want The Government To Pay For Middle Seats

American Airlines pilots want the government to purchase middle seats on all flights. Hmmm... The CARES Act has provided US airlines with around $50 billion of support. Aspects of this only run through September 30 -- for example, payroll protection…

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Filed Under: American, Unions
Lufthansa A350 Business Class – 4
Lufthansa Union Boss Allegedly Demands €1 Million For Job Cuts

Lufthansa Group is planning to cut up to 22,000 job due to the current pandemic, and that involves lots of negotiations with unions. If reports are to be believed, it looks like at least one union boss may be more concerned with lining his own pockets…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa, Unions
British Airways 747
British Airways Threatens To Fire All Pilots, Rehire Some For Less Pay

While airlines around the world are having difficult conversations with labor groups, British Airways is in a league of its own when it comes to the ruthless way the company is trying to negotiate with employees. The airline intends to lay off a total…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich – 82
Lufthansa Pilots Offer To Take Up To 45% Pay Cuts, With A Catch

Have Lufthansa pilots really just proactively offered to take pay cuts of up to 45%?! Historically at the "big three" European airline conglomerates (Air France-KLM, IAG, and Lufthansa Group) labor relations haven't been particularly good between management…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa, Unions
Southwest 737
Union Rejects Southwest Airlines’ Plea For Concessions

Southwest Airlines management has asked the Transport Workers Union for concessions, and the union has told management to pound sand. Airline labor relations are about as complicated as they've ever been. On the one hand, there's some sense of "we're…

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Filed Under: Southwest, Unions
Air Tahiti Nui Lounge – 33
Airlines Will Have To Repay More Government Aid Than Expected

I'm not sure where exactly this falls on the spectrum of "fair enough, I guess that's not what they were promised" to "talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth." The US government is providing US airlines with a total of $50 billion in aid, as part…

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Filed Under: Unions
Air Canada 787
Air Canada Lays Off 5,100+ Flight Attendants

After the announcement yesterday that Air Canada would be cutting huge swathes of its flight schedule beginning April 1, it was inevitable that there would be some significant layoffs. The sheer scale, however, is a little mindboggling. The airline has…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, Unions
American 737 Max Business Class – 8
American Airlines Flight Attendants Are Angry & Offended

American Airlines flight attendants are angry -- about both their working conditions and about their options for taking a leave of absence. This displeasure is expressed in the form of a letter from Lori Bassani, the President of the Association of Professional…

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Filed Under: American, Unions
Airline Flight Simulator – 5
American Airlines’ Offer To Pilots

It's impressive how fast airlines can come up with solutions when they need to. As you'd expect, at this point American Airlines has way more pilots than they need. They're down to operating three long haul international routes, and beyond that are also…

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Filed Under: American, Unions
American Planes Ord
American Airlines & Mechanics Reach Agreement

The very drawn out dispute between American Airlines and the company's mechanics is finally coming to an end, and it looks like mechanics are winning big time. American Airlines & TWU-IAM reach agreement American Airlines and the TWU-IAM (the unions…

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American 787
American Airlines Pilots File Lawsuit, Refuse To Fly To China

I'd be surprised if all US airlines don't suspend China flights across the board within 24 hours... Yesterday afternoon the Allied Pilots Association (APA) filed a lawsuit against American Airlines, and told their pilots to stop flying to China immediately.…

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Filed Under: American, Unions
American A319
American Airlines Pilots Want A New Contract, Running Out Of Patience

Unsurprisingly, American Airlines pilots aren't happy... The spring and summer of 2019 was a rough period for American Airlines operationally. This came as the company's mechanics got into a habit of intentionally delaying flights as a way of sending…

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Filed Under: American, Unions
British Airways Lounge Toronto – 4
British Airways Pilots Accept Pay Deal

For the past several months, British Airways pilots have been in a pay dispute with management, which has even led to some industrial action. Well, it looks like this dispute has now officially been resolved. For several months now, British Airways pilots…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
British Airways Club Europe A320 – 7
British Airways & Pilots Union Reach Tentative Agreement

It looks like the drawn out labor dispute between British Airways and their pilots is coming to an end. For several months now, British Airways pilots have been in a pay dispute with management. In early July, talks broke off between British Airways…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
Lufthansa A320
Lufthansa’s Controversial Flight Attendant Strike, Part Two

British Airways has been in the news most lately for their industrial action, though a labor dispute is greatly intensifying at Lufthansa as well, with a second strike imminent... sort of. UFO, the union representing Lufthansa flight attendants, has…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa, Unions
Delta Business Class A350 – 32
New Campaign To Unionize Delta Flight Attendants

Of the "big three" US airlines, Delta has by far the fewest unionized employees, as only their pilots are unionized, while none of their other work groups are. Well, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) is now trying to unionize Delta flight attendants.…

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Filed Under: Delta, Unions
American 737 800
Bernie Sanders Calls American Airlines Management Disgraceful

Yesterday senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wrote a letter to American Airlines' CEO, Doug Parker. This involves American Airlines' ongoing dispute with their mechanics. Here's the content of the letter:

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Filed Under: American, Unions
British Airways 747
Well Played: British Airways Pilots Call Off Strike

I'd say British Airways pilots just outsmarted management, and played their hand very well here, as they've called off their September 27 pilot strike. British Airways pilots are currently having a pay dispute with management. Pilots voted overwhelmingly…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions