Equal Pay for Virgin America Flight Attendants!
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On January 11, 2018, Virgin America will be considered Alaska Airlines in the eyes of the U.S government and all Virgin America employees will be officially considered Alaska Airlines employees.
The disparity between the Alaska Airlines and Virgin America pay scale differs by up to 30%. That is a hard pill for the Virgin America Flight Attendants, who are based in the most expensive cities in the U.S, to swallow.
There is a precedent to Air Carriers matching pay when they acquire or merge with one another. One of the most recent examples is the merger between Southwest Airlines and Airtran Airways.
While Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), who is the combined carriers surviving Union, works on Agreement to get both workgroups under the same contract, Alaska Airlines has said there is no other reason for not giving raises besides using the Virgin America Flights Attendants as a bargaining chip in negotiations.
Virgin America Flight Attendants are asking Alaska Airlines to take a hard look at their core Values.
DO THE RIGHT THING - Virgin America Flight Attendants already work longer hours, with fewer regulations, and with the On-Demand Ordering system, are arguably the hardest working Flight Attendants in the industry. If you do right by your employees then that translates into Awards and Recognition. It creates customer satisfaction and retention. Most importantly it creates a sense of respect and value for your employees. We are not just asking for equal pay, we are asking for respect and value!
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