To those who’ve been following the uniform crisis over the last year, I want to say thank you for your support. You’ll never know how much it means to me and thousands of other American Airlines employees. Some of you have asked how you can help. Making people aware of what’s going on is half the battle, so thank you for reading my stories and sharing them with your friends. If you had told me a year ago I’d be writing about toxic chemicals 24/7, I would have laughed and said you’re crazy! But here we are. And the situation is only getting worse, and it will only continue to get worse until American Airlines recalls the uniform. While I’m excited to learn Lands’ End will be the new vendor, our fight isn’t over yet. We won’t see the Lands’ End uniform until 2020. That’s two years away. I don’t know how many of us will make it that long. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you and also share this study from Harvard linking chemicals in clothing to health issues. This report focuses on Alaska Airlines and the reactions they had to a uniform made by the same uniform manufacturer. Please read it. HARVARD FLIGHT ATTENDANT HEALTH STUDY.
“Flight attendants at Alaska Airlines reported health symptoms after the introduction of new uniforms in 2011. The airline replaced the uniforms in 2014 without acknowledging harm. To understand possible uniform-related health effects, we analyzed self-reported health symptoms in crew who participated in the Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study between 2007 and 2015, the period before, during, and after the introduction of new uniforms.”