TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Thousands of flight attendants from across the world are fastening their seatbelts and preparing to take flight.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, they will picket outside 30 airports throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Guam to demand better pay and better working conditions.
Dozens of flight attendants are expected to take part outside Tampa International Airport, where United workers were just protesting in October.
“We have been out of a contract for two years, which means more than half of our flight attendants have not gotten a raise in two years,” said Erin Doughtrey, a United Airlines flight attendant.
Tuesday’s protest will mark the first time flight attendants in contract negotiations at 24 airlines will protest in unison.
United, Southwest, and American Airlines employees are all fighting for the same thing.
They said they are working harder than ever with short breaks and are only recognized when they have to respond to crises.
“The company has industry-leading flight attendants that are doing industry-leading work,” Doughtrey said. “They have industry profits that they’ve never had before.”
Flight attendants said their fair share is long overdue and are hoping the worldwide day of action helps make the changes they have been asking for.
They plan to stage two protests in Tampa starting at 11 a.m. One will be at the Blue Express Arrivals at TPA and the other will be across the street from the airport on Spruce Street between North O’Brien Street and Westshore Boulevard.
Flights out of TPA shouldn’t be impacted by the protests.