A campaign by the TWU has alleged that cost-cutting measures being used by American Airlines (AA) are putting both passenger safety and job security at risk at the carrier. It urges those concerned by the carrier’s practices to sign a petition to enshrine and preserve top safety and security standards at the airline.
Cost-cutting measures by American Airlines (AA) are putting passenger safety and job security at risk, alleges one labor body.
As part of a new campaign entitled ‘AA Should Care‘, the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), AFL-CIO is seeking to raise awareness of some of the current practices undertaken by the carrier with respect of maintenance, repairs and inspections.
The TWU, which represents almost 140,000 members of staff across a host of different airlines – including AA – is calling upon members of the public to sign a petition in an attempt to enshrine better safety practices at the carrier.
“This campaign is designed to educate you on the facts and provide a way for you to show you support American Airlines employees in their quest for the highest safety and security standards,” the campaign’s website states.
“American Airlines is currently sending the jobs of its maintenance workers outside the U.S. to low-bid, third-party providers who are often unregulated or less-regulated than work completed by its own employees. American Airlines is also outsourcing the work of facilities maintenance, fleet service, logistics and other ground support jobs to low-bid, third-parties in the U.S., and is pushing for employee contracts that would increase both of these outsourcing practices,” it adds.
The campaign states that practices such as these can potentially cause the mechanical or structural failure of a craft and put the lives of passengers and crew members in danger. Additionally, it also adds that these kinds of practices can result in the loss of livelihood and jobs for AA staff.
As a final measure, this campaign urges members of the public to help upkeep and preserve safety standards at AA by signing a petition here.