American Airlines Executives Wear New Uniforms to Try to Prove They Aren't Harmful
After American Airlines CEO Doug Parker did his best to dodge questions regarding the health issues associated with the company’s new uniforms, American Airlines executives are pulling the ultimate “see, it’s fine” move by wearing the new uniforms to work.
This comes after more than 2,000 employees complained about adverse effects from the uniforms, including hives, coughing and headaches.
While the company didn’t name all of the executives that will wear the new uniforms, The Chicago Tribune reported that Hector Adler, vice president for flight services, plans to start wearing his within the next week or so.
While American Airlines executives might feel like they’re doing something noble, others don’t feel the same. Taylor Garland, spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, voiced her opinion.
“It’s insulting,” she said, according to The Chicago Tribune. “Instead of acknowledging legitimate concerns of their employees, American Airlines management is pulling a publicity stunt.”
Additionally, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American Airlines’ flight attendants, filed a grievance with American Airlines.
“Personal health is so integral and critical to our flight attendant workforce, who must be able to work in a healthy manner and environment,” Robert Ross, president of the union, told The Chicago Tribune. “To do so, our members need proper and safe uniforms.”
The union will work with American Airlines for a fourth round of testing to prove whether or not the material is harmful to employees. It’s important to note that when Alaska Airlines received uniforms from the same company, Twin Hill, in 2012, they complained about similar health problems related to the clothing.