American Airlines Employees Demand Uniform Recall
Work uniforms are great. No more worrying about what to wear to work. More money in your pocket. Less stress, except, of course, hives and
Work uniforms are great. No more worrying about what to wear to work. More money in your pocket. Less stress, except, of course, hives and rashes.
That’s the unfortunate surprise that some American Airlines employees received with their newly issued uniforms. The initial complaint was issued by 600 employees, now, the number of affected employees has grown exponentially . According to USA Today, the numbers have increased to more than 1,600 workers.
In terms of the specifics, numerous claims of itching, rashes, headaches, eye irritation, hives and even respiratory problems are the primary symptoms that have been reported.
As a result, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is demanding a total recall of the uniforms.
“The growing number of reports of suspected reactions, triggered by both direct and indirect contact with the uniform, has prompted APFA to ask that all uniforms be recalled until further joint testing with the company can be completed,” the union said in a statement, according to USA Today.
American Airlines spokesman Don DeFeo told The Dallas Morning News that the airline carrier already underwent three rounds of testing, which found nothing substandard.
Next steps include American Airlines participating in a fourth round of testing, but at this point, the union is not budging on their demand for a full recall of the uniforms.
The uniforms are made of wool, which is a typical standard for the industry. This case may signal a red flag for those suppliers and distributors working in the uniforms sector. Based on testing results, wool alternatives may need to be sought out. At the very least, it seems that whatever region particular wool came from could potentially trigger an allergic reaction.