Protest planned at O’Hare

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) — Flight attendants plan to picket outside of O’Hare Thursday because of planned cuts to staff on some United flights.

The demonstration is being led by the Association of Flight Attendants. The union accuses Chicago based United of “succumbing to Wall Street Pressure” by eliminating a flight attendant position on most international flights. A statement from the union president says that United is “lowering it’s standards to follow American and Delta,” and that amid “record profits,” the airline should not be cutting back on “the people who are on the front lines of safeguarding and serving passengers.”

Last month the union released an internal memo laying out plans to prepare meals on the ground rather in the air, eliminating the need for one flight attendant position on most international flights.

Protests are also planned at airports across the globe.

A spokeswoman for Untied tells the Chicago Sun-Times that the airline doesn’t expect the protest to impact customers.

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