First Air flight attendants are receiving tremendous public and political support in their fight to stop layoffs and pay cuts in Yellowknife.
We are counting on community pressure to stop First Air, the Airline of the North, from moving south, says Kevin Beaith, president of the First Air component.
The flight attendants have been meeting with local and regional politicians and business leaders to ask them to pressure First Air to stop the layoffs because of the impact on the local community. For every First Air job lost, another 2.5 jobs are affected in Yellowknife.
First Airs announcement that they were moving a significant number of jobs south, has raised alarm bells in the community. Flight attendants and the community believe that keeping jobs in the north is an important part of doing business in the north.