[Roundup] United Airlines Union ‘Sells Out’ Its Junior Flight Attendants

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • United Flight Attendant Union Sells Out Its Junior Members allowing all but the most junior 5500 to keep their jobs without work or pay, but continue to receive health and travel benefits and accrue seniority. This is literally what unions do though so I’m not sure the complaint. The whole idea is that the most senior members get the greatest benefit, at the expense of junior members, and junior members go along in hopes of themselves one day being senior. That’s great as far as it goes until the music stops.

  • German Efromovich, ousted last year as CEO of Avianca by United, has been arrested on bribery charges. While Colombia is investigating whether Avianca officials sought bribes from Airbus, this arrest does not implicate the airline.

  • Huge Hyatt meetings offer valid through end of 2022. (HT: Loyalty Lobby)

  • Aeroplan’s leadership talks about how they developed the new program.

  • “Travel Influencers Be Like…” (HT: One Mile at a Time)

  • American Airlines passengers who don’t wear a mask can face a ban from the airline until the mask requirement is lifted. American is letting employees know that if they don’t wear a mask when they use their nonrev travel privileges, they can lose those privileges for 30 days.

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  1. That article on the UA FAs was amusing in terms of the comments, largely made by FAs (or supposedly FAs).

    If many of those that posted are truly FAs, geez that just shows why you get such bad service on US airlines. Talk about dog eat dog world.

    Why anyone does that for a living puzzles me. At one time it was probably a nice gig but with all of the violence and attitudes from passengers, and even coworkers, the pay is pathetic. I suppose the skill require is minimal as well.

    I do feel sorry for the ones that do go above and beyond in terms of service but sadly that is not too common.

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