United Airlines Flight Attendants Picket at Cleveland Hopkins Airport
September 27, 2022
By Ryan Haidet, NBC Cleveland
A number of United Airlines flight attendants were picketing outside of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Officials say the protest was held “to demand United Airlines fix ongoing operational disruptions and focus on labor relations that support people on the frontlines.”
The demonstration in Cleveland was part of a nationwide “day of action” with United flight attendants picketing at 14 airports across the country, Guam and London.
“Aviation can be disrupted for reasons outside the airline's control, but good management understands this and builds an operation that can adapt and recover from disruption,” according to officials connected with the picket. “United management's failure to properly staff crew schedulers, the flight attendant support team, catering and more has exacerbated these operational issues and left passengers and flight attendants waiting for answers for hours at a time.”
The group’s press release also discussed how flight attendants work on the frontlines and are expected to address passenger concerns, saying they’ve been left empty handed or stranded themselves without support from management running the airline.
“AFA has offered solutions to these problems, but management has yet to acknowledge there is a problem. That's why flight attendants are hitting the street and telling United management to work with the union.”