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United flight attendants protest staffing cuts

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Approximately one dozen United Airlines flight attendants took to the streets Thursday to express their concerns with proposed staffing cuts on international wide-body flights.

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The president of the local association of flight attendants, Jose Torres, speaks through a megaphone during a protest at the Kmart intersection on Thursday.  Photo by Dontana Keraskes/The Guam Daily Post

The airlines’ Guam-based flight attendants joined their counterparts at 16 major airports around the globe expressing public frustration with management decisions.

United announced last month it will compete at the lower standard already set by American and Delta by cutting a flight attendant position on most international flights, according to the Association of Flight Attendants.

Flight attendants took to Marine Corps Drive in Tamuning during afternoon rush hour traffic holding bright yellow signs and chanting, “United management can’t you see staffing is a priority?”

Jose Torres, president of the local council of the association of flight attendants said customers will suffer most with this new decision.

“Right now is not the right time to be cutting staffing and there are other things that need to be fixed,” Torres stated referring to recent glitches experienced with the company’s new computer system that has impacted flight attendant schedules and pay.

“The airlines are making money. The airlines are profitable, and this is not the right time to cut staffing,” Torres added.

While he admitted that the new decision would have minimal impact on Guam, Torres said the Guam-based flight attendants stand in solidarity with the 24,000 other flight attendants nationwide.

“It’s important to keep staffing levels at optimum and provide service that is safe and that our customers need,” he said.

Picketing and similar informational events are planned in 16 cities worldwide.