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SkyWest Airlines angers flight attendants’ union

SkyWest Airlines is under pressure from flight attendants and that’s not an enviable position given the union’s strength and power in the aviation industry.

SkyWest apparently fired two flight attendants who tried to start a union, and now the flight attendants union wants them back.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) has sent a letter of demand to the Utah-based airline, which serves as a regional airline for Delta, Alaska, United and American, demanding the immediate reinstatement of the two crew members dismissed.

“SkyWest management must immediately reinstate illegally terminated flight attendants Shane Price and Tresa Grange and cease any further retaliation against union activists,” the AFA said in a letter to SkyWest management.

“Both engaged in protected concerted activity to resolve issues with their company-sponsored representative, the SkyWest Inflight Association (SIA). Both were directly dismissed by SkyWest management, in violation of the Railway Labor Act.”

The Act is a federal law that governs labor relations in the airline and rail sectors.

SkyWest has a reputation for being anti-union, the group said. SkyWest management could not be reached for comment Friday.

“If we do not hear from you by Friday, the AFA will seek all legal recourse on behalf of (flight attendants) and, in doing so, demonstrate to all SkyWest flight attendants what we all know on the relationship between SIA and SkyWest management: they are one,” the letter said.

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