Steven Slater: Honorary trade unionist?
Nice news today, that Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who walked out of his job in a way that captured the imagination of the interwebs (via a foul mouthed tannoy tirade against the treatment he’d put up with for 28 years, grabbing a beer from the trolley and deploying the emergency chute to slide out and walk away – if you spent yesterday with your computer turned off) has been offered assistance by the American union AFA.
JetBlue aren’t unionised, so Steven wasn’t a union member. But luckily it seems AFA are prepared to fight his corner, with an AFA rep telling TMZ “We want to advance the profession no matter what. Sometimes in order to do that we must help people who may not necessarily be members”. He’ll need it as he’s currently facing charges on reckless endangerment, criminal damage and criminal mischief (a charge usually reserved for Batman villains).
Good on AFA. There’s a lot of public sympathy for Slater, and helping what’s likely the highest profile case that’ll ever come up at JetBlue can only help in getting more interest there and pushing for unionisation, and conditions which hopefully won’t mean so many staff feel they have to press the nuclear button like Steven.
Anyway, the above is Jonathan Mann’s (as per usual) excellent take on the affair, and how a lack of respect for your hard work can drive you to extreme lengths.