"I'd love to see your suggestions for the Midwest flight attendants to do"
As with any job in capitalist society, if you don't like it, quit. If enough people leave, the company will be forced to raise wages, increase benefits, etc. to get more people to work for them. However, if there is a large group of people who will continue to fly under the conditions the company presents to them, then there is no reason for the company to increase wages. After all, while one or two FA's are grumpy about the pay, there are more who will take their place.
This give and take is the "invisible hand" that keeps the free market stabalized. By allowing unions to force wages and benefits higher, they are throwing the system out of balance, and makes the company pay more than they should. This, in turn, makes the consumer pay more than they should.
People, if you don't like your job, quit. That will show the company that they need to change. Prove the the company that you are worth that raise. If they honestly can't find anyone to work for those wages, then they will be forced to raise them. But if they can find someone to work for a lower wage than you, would the company be smart to keep you employed?
Seems like a bunch of people who want more $$ who are keeping the flying public from getting to where they need to go. And they won't have any sympathy for you when they read in the paper that your airline has gone belly up.
Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.