Fort Worth-based American Airlines told crew members over the weekend that the company was creating the special pins, following on a commitment from CEO Doug Parker to reexamine the company’s diversity efforts and be more supportive of employees of color. Competitor Delta Air Lines released its own pins last week for crew members, prompting American’s employees to ask for something similar.
Until then, crew members can wear other Black Lives Matter pins.
According to the report in the Post, which didn’t identify those making complaints, some staff members have sent letters to company leaders saying the move offends those with family members in law enforcement. Another said crew members who don’t wear pins will “be ostracized and labeled as racist.”
American Airlines has not approved a similar pin for support of law enforcement.
“Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement,” Jantz said. “It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others. We are showing our support for our Black colleagues and customers who have experienced discrimination and injustice, not any particular organization.”
The decision underscores American Airlines’ belief that “all people, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, deserve to be treated with equality and respect,” Jantz said.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines does not allow employees to wear “items that support one particular cause,” said spokesman Chris Mainz.
For more on the original article visit: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2020/09/08/american-airlines-is-making-black-lives-matter-pins-for-crew-members-upsetting-some-employees/