$15,000 a year?????
CHICAGO (AP) – Despite their important safety responsibilities, Air Wisconsin flight attendants report starvation wages as low as $15,000 a year. They will be walking an informational picket line this Thursday, April 11, handing out flyers to bring attention to the dire need for a wage increase. Union members will gather at Chicago O’Hare International Airport between Terminals 1 and 2 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Union flight attendants have participated in similar protests in the past, but are now increasing the pressure for the airline to take serious measures towards addressing their concerns.

Negotiations for a contract began in June 2016. Since then, the Air Wisconsin members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA authorized a strike by a vote of 99 percent. But for now, they are protesting outside of work hours.

Union rights of most U.S. workers are overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, but airline and railway workers operate under a separate set of rules governed by the National Mediation Board. Strikes are barred until a set of requirements are met. Until then, flight attendants say they will continue to protest off work hours in between their flights.