Employees for Alaska Airlines say that since they started wearing new uniforms they are getting sick from them.
The Association of Flight Attendants, who represent 2,800 Alaska Airlines flight attendants, sent a letter to the company’s president saying roughly 1 in 10 (or 280) employees are suffering from skin issues related to the uniforms they are wearing:
‘One of the flight attendants who filed a complaint told KING5 Thursday night “I’ve never had a uniform like this. I broke out this week. I broke out on my back first, then on my legs. I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s the uniform. But, I didn’t have it until I flew 6-7 days in a row and then I started breaking out.”’
The union believes a contaminant called Tributyl Phosphate could be present in the uniforms and causing the illnesses.
Andy Schneider, Alaska Airlines Vice President of Inflight Services, released a statement on the issue:
“The safety of Alaska Airlines employees is paramount, and we’ve been working closely with our people and the two unions that represent them to resolve this issue. Numerous tests by three different labs have been unable to determine the cause of the physical reactions, which affected a limited number of our uniformed employees. While the vast majority of those affected are no longer having problems, we’ve provided two alternate uniforms to those who are. Alaska will work with the two employee work groups and unions affected to develop standards for sourcing, materials and other manufacturing issues to make sure that any uniform our people wear is safe and comfortable.”