Menzies cabin cleaners at Portland International Airport recently received assurances from company managers that they will no longer have to work in planes without adequate ventilation or air conditioning.
In September 2014, a majority of cabin cleaners delivered a letter to Menzies management detailing their concerns about their working conditions on the planes. The cleaners, who service Alaska Airlines planes, reported working in planes with unbearable heat in the summer months, and freezing temperatures in the winter months. “During the summer months it feels like I’m being suffocated by a pillow while I’m cleaning the cabins,” said Tina Cummins, who has worked as a cabin cleaner for Menzies for the past seven years.
“I’ve been cleaning these planes for over 16 years, and have complained about the heat and cold every year. Just earlier this summer a fellow cabin cleaner passed out while working after complaining about the heat on the planes. This victory shows me and my co-workers what we can achieve when we work together and act like a union.” – Joyce Hewling, Menzies cabin cleaner at Portland International Airport.