American Airlines plans to run a fourth test on the uniforms
they rolled out to 70,000 employees in September following receipt of a written
grievance from its flight attendants' union.
However, airline spokesman Ron DeFeo said that American is
still confident that the uniforms aren't causing health problems.
"The response overall [from employees] has been very,
very positive," DeFeo said.
According to Bloomberg, the Association of Professional
Flight Attendants (APFA) submitted the letter to American's general counsel on
Wednesday. APFA asserts that the uniforms have caused health problems,
including headaches and skin irritation. The union is asking American to either
stop issuing the uniforms or to allow employees to wear their former uniforms.
"These uniforms continue to put our members at risk,
forcing them to use sick leave and affecting their overall health," APFA
president Bob Ross wrote, according to Bloomberg.
DeFeo said that 300 flight attendants thus far have
contacted American management, saying they've had a reaction to the uniforms.
Those employees have been allowed to wear their former uniforms. American has set
up a call center to take complaints from flight attendants.
He added that American ran two tests on the uniforms before
introducing them and has run a third test since. They've passed with flying
colors and are safer than the clothes consumers purchase off the rack at a
typical retail outlet, DeFeo said.
Nevertheless, American has agreed to run a fourth test as
soon as APFA picks a date.
"We're going to make it right for everyone," DeFeo