Some 10,000 staff at American Airways are combating for his or her proper to look at Martin Luther King Day — a profit already given to many of the airline’s different staff.
At airports throughout the nation, American Airways mechanics, baggage handlers and floor staff can’t get Jan. 15 as a acknowledged vacation, based on Transport Staff Union Native 1501, which is predicated within the metropolis.
But the birthday of the slain civil rights chief is noticed by the airline’s 90,000 different staff, stated Native 1501 govt vp Angelo Cucuzza.
American Airways additionally compensates and acknowledges the MLK vacation for different staff doing the identical jobs who labored for USAirways previous to the merger between the 2 carriers in 2012 — however not for these staff who got here from the unique American Airways, the union stated, calling it a “basic instance of unequal pay for equal work.”
TWU has been in contract negotiations with American Airways for greater than two years, however the firm has not but acknowledged the MLK vacation for the small group of staff that stay with out it, the union stated.
“American Airways paints an inner company image about inclusion, range and the worth of respect,” Cucuzza stated.
“These are simply phrases that the company executives like to make use of to attempt to enhance the corporate’s picture, and MLK Day is nothing greater than a bargaining chip to them.”
Final yr, a report 43% of employers in the USA offered a paid day without work for MLK Day, based on an annual Bloomberg BNA survey.
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It was a notable improve from the earlier all-time excessive of 37% recorded in every of the previous two years.
Bloomberg has carried out the survey yearly since MLK grew to become a nationwide vacation. President Regan signed MLK Day into legislation in 1983.
TWU has a protracted historical past of working with Martin Luther King Jr. and collaborating within the Civil Rights Motion.
In 1960, TWU established a fund to assist pay bail for anti-segregation protestors arrested within the South. King spoke at TWU’s nationwide conference in 1961.
American Airways didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.