The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International issued a statement yesterday evening in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here is the full text of the remarks from Veda Shook, the union's international president.
"As the world's largest flight attendant union, we stand beside our sisters and brothers who are participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement in cities across the country on behalf of workers and middle class America.
"For years, flight attendants have fought against corporate greed as airline management decimated our pensions, contracts and health care for their own golden parachutes. Instead of investing in their front line workers, executives have taken millions in bonuses and compensation, and strategically used bankruptcy law loopholes to exert drastic cuts in pay and benefits from employees.
"This movement for income equality and the creation of jobs has captivated the nation and is an opportunity for the 99 percent of Americans who are working harder than ever to stand side-by-side and demand that the era of executive greed and corporate interests come to an end.
"For decades, we have advocated for workers and demanded equality and fairness on the job. We are inspired by the protestors who have taken a stand for social and economic justice, and are proud to join their movement. Today, alongside workers across the country, we will occupy our nation in support of a fair system that creates jobs, supports collective bargaining rights, and builds opportunities for all Americans."