Frontier Flight Attendants Petition to Revisit Decision Allowing F9 Cadets to Keep their Employment with Frontier
Recently the Frontier Airlines AFA Union MEC made the unilateral decision to decline the company’s offer to allow current Frontier Flight Attendants to keep their job and pursue the recently established Frontier Airlines First Officer Cadet Program.
Many flight attendants, both those interested in the cadet program and those not, have voiced sincere opposition to the union’s recent decision to block management’s attempts at preserving the jobs of those interested in flying for Frontier Airlines.
For those unfamiliar, the new Frontier Airlines cadet program is the first program of its kind at a ULCC. It will allow applicants to interview for a job at Frontier prior to beginning their training. As such, employees receive a stipend of $500 a month throughout their training as well as retaining flight benefits on Frontier.
Management proposed an offer that could give flight attendants the chance to pursue this program without having to commit to a letter of resignation. The union counters that this leave of absence would protect non-flight attendants. Precisely not - this leave would protect flight attendants who would only potentially revert to their job in the event of medical issues, financial issues, or a number of reasons one may have to discontinue training.
This program encourages hiring from within and bolstering and empowering the flight attendant work group. Flight attendants are an incredibly diverse work group. We traditionally work with many women, who make up less than 5% of all commercial pilots, and minorities, who make up just under 10% of this work group.
We will all be better off with more flight attendants learning to fly planes - it means that our needs will be better advocated for during medical emergencies, crew briefings, and all day to day operations.
We ask for your support in signing this petition to get the Union’s attention. We need to let them know that this decision was made without the voices of all hard working, due-paying members chiming in.