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 said.


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