It would be an understatement to say that flight attendants haven’t been getting a lot of face time lately. It started with Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who we’ve all come so familiar with because of unusual resignation. Since there have been a lot of things on the web about flight attendants, covering everything from dealing with verbal abuse to low wages. One recent article claimed that being a Wal-Mart Greeter may even be less stressful and less hours, but with the same range of pay. This coming after a flight attendant states that she had been fired because she admitted to using food stamps.
A piece from KARE 11 in Minneapolis reports that the Phoenix-based flight attendant was fired because she had admitted to a reporter that she was on food stamps. Compass refused to comment on the firing, since as they claim, it is against company policy to do so.
This occurrence regarding the wages of flight attendants has set-off a string of protests regarding wages by flight attendants. In the article on KARE 11, a spokesperson for the Association of Flight Attendants reports that many flight attendant require government assistance and wages can be as low as $12,000 per year. Compass Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants are currently in negotiations to up the pay of their flight attendants.
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