American’s flight attendants union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, has endorsed Joe Biden. It’s the comments on their Facebook page that are the best read here, though I have four general reactions.
- It’s a little late at this point? But from their perspective better than after the election I suppose.
- It won’t change anyone’s mind, literally no one said “I was undecided before but now that American’s flight attendants union came out for Biden the choice is clear.”
- The membership didn’t vote for this (as they do at some unions, like TWU) an endorsement of any kind angers many of its members. At least when it’s determined by a majority vote everyone feels like their voice was heard and the decision was fair.
- APFA is weak and should probably leave the national politics to Sara Nelson at AFA-CWA (who among other things represents United’s flight attendants)
— Sara Nelson (@FlyingWithSara) December 20, 2019
But as I say, listening to the flight attendants melt down over this, or celebrate in pure joy, is an act of unrivaled schadenfreude. On your next American Airlines flight it may be the cabin crew brawling, rather than passengers in a mask dispute:
Some flight attendants see Biden as the obvious pro-union choice, but others see Biden as anti-air travel, so how does that play out for someone working in the airline industry?
“nOt My ChOiCe”…Y’all feel better now showing the world how ignorant you are for endorsing an anti union candidate while enjoying the benefits of a union protected job?
It’s comical that you people are patting yourselves on the back for supporting a “pro union “ candidate while also supporting the same candidate that wants to get rid of fossil fuels. What do airplanes run on?
Election outcome aside, I look forward to hopefully seeing a return to life that carves out spaces not intruded on by politics. That’s been tough lately, even blog topics have been heavily influenced by politics when airline executives like American’s CEO Doug Parker spend most of their time in Washington looking for taxpayer money.
I look forward to celebrating the biomedical achievements of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments that allow us to return to mostly normal life, and finding peaceful getaways on the other side of the world… and re-connected with neighbors, too, where there are more important things than the latest developments in Washington.