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Did You Know?

Did-you-knowQUESTION: We are the most profitable airline in the world, but every major Flight Attendant group is leapfrogging over us with new contracts. Why hasn’t Delta announced a pay raise?

ANSWER: Historically, base pay increases have occurred when unionized groups at other carriers announce negotiated improvements.

While every increase to base pay is welcome, superior work rules and value-enhancing benefits at union carriers—with IAM-represented airline workers leading the way—far outpace Delta’s incremental pay restoration.

IAM negotiators recently bargained approximately 20-25 percent base wage increases for represented work groups at United and American, industry-best IAM National Pension Plan increases and over a quarter of a BILLION dollars in retroactive and signing bonus payments!

Southwest, American, and United Flight Attendants are currently reaping the benefits of having a legal contract in the post-consolidation world also.

When American Airlines’ Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement was released in 2014, Delta corporate trumpeted a rate increase the same day. That increase, however, was well short of industry-leading AND was offset by a reduction in our profit sharing, increased health insurance and prescription costs, among other cost-reducing or efficiency enhancing initiatives.

If history repeats itself, executives will be “surprising and delighting” us with pay increases very soon. They’re hoping to keep our minds off the more valuable, negotiated deals of unionized airline workers. And the announcement should be just in time for open enrollment’s “gotcha” rate hikes this fall!

One step forward, two steps back.

When unionized Delta pilots rejected an agreement that included detrimental profit sharing adjustments, Delta corporate unilaterally instituted those unwelcome changes on us.

A HUGE step back.

United Flight Attendants recently ratified a new contract containing over $1 billion in value increases. Their agreement contains hundreds of pages clearly outlining everything from base pay and work rules to health benefits and job security—all legally protected in our volatile industry.

American Airlines’ Flight Attendant agreement provides for even further increases based on United’s contract. That’s the power of collective bargaining.

If executives respected and admired us, as they claim, we would be well ahead of our competition, not falling behind or simply keeping pace. We are part of Delta’s industry leading success, and we deserve to be recognized with an industry leading contract that fortifies our position and secures our future.

It’s time to step forward without looking back!

Sign, date, mail, and verify your IAM card today!

Unionized Delta Pilots Make Voice Heard, Demand 37 Percent Pay Hikes to 2019

Delta Pilots picket headquarters.

Delta Pilots picket headquarters.

When workers form a union, they have a LEGAL right to negotiate and have an influence on what their pay, benefits and working conditions will be. It's not anti-company, it's pro-empowerment and smart. And they have the right to take their disagreement public.

Unionized Delta Pilots are negotiating for more pay--including opposing the profit sharing cut that was imposed on us--better benefits and improved working conditions. Because they're unionized, they have that right. We don't. We don't because we haven't formed a union of Delta Flight Attendants.

The truth is, forming a union will help us and benefit Delta. Did you know that Alaska Airlines is a unionized carrier and wins the coveted JD Power and Associates award every year?

New contracts are being negotiated and approved by union members all over the airline industry and we are--ONCE AGAIN--falling behind while working for the most successful airline in the world.

28,000 IAM members at United this year approved contracts with industry-best job security, pension benefits and wage increases of 19-33 percent. IAM members at American just received 25 percent wage increases, pension increases and job security improvements, while still negotiating a joint contract, making them the highest paid in the industry (wage increases in effect 11/16 at UA and AA).

And, unionized industry Flight Attendants have surpassed us. AA, UA and SWA all have higher wages, better benefits and better working conditions than we do. There is no doubt that we should be industry-leading in every aspect just as Delta Pilots are demanding. We deserve it.

To get the union election we deserve, at least 50 percent of Delta Flight Attendants must sign a-cards.

Request yours today: http://www.iamdelta.net/acard/

A View From the Top

c07f72c0-edcc-4fe9-9240-0a5091b0d335I was privileged to be a 2010 Chairman's Club honoree. What an experience! It's especially special because it is peer-driven recognition. I have also been in the top 1% of our work group, earning the "Customer Commendation Champion Award" for the last six years. This isn’t gloating — I want you to know I take my job seriously and I am proud to wear the Delta wings!

I truly love our profession and what it has afforded me: personal travel, awesome worldwide layovers, decent savings and significant time off to explore other pursuits.

But our special lifestyle has deteriorated because we are working more than ever. Our earnings have suffered from work rule erosion, loss of pay overrides, and soaring health insurance costs in both premiums and out-of-pocket totals, causing us to fly more hours just to make ends meet.

Our work environment has also changed: less staffing, more seats, small, inefficient galleys and new, heavy overhead bins requiring us to lift the combined weight of every piece of luggage on every flight! As a result, we experience more injuries and debilitating physical issues over time.

Workplace changes like these are one-sided, devised and implemented by Delta’s senior leaders. The EIG is unable to persuade management to the contrary because it has no legal standing, no matter the impact on our health and well-being.

Our leaders are not responding to our requests for support, so it’s time we take control of our future. We can have better. We deserve better. ToddEichmann4That’s why I’m pro-Union, pro-Flight Attendant and fully support our drive for IAM!

I am also proudly pro-Delta! Our company is innovative and characteristically reliable, and it's our professionalism and customer service skills that are critical to running this GREAT airline and making it succeed. It’s time our part in the equation is appreciated.

We do reap some benefit from our company’s success via profit sharing and other small rewards programs. But, let's be honest, the profit sharing formula has been downgraded, we are awarded fewer SkyBucks and our work rules contain gray areas that can be interpreted in numerous confusing ways by scheduling and payroll.

There is too much operational disparity between us and our pilot colleagues. I'm not suggesting we be paid the same. That’s unrealistic. However, when we all report to work for our life on the road in that metal tube, there are commonalities we should share: duty rigs, sick time accrual, minimum duty credit, deadheading rules and more. As I see it, these areas should be identical. Why is there such disrespect for our time spent at work?

Our professionalism will not be truly recognized until we have a collective bargaining agreement and a voice at the table. Flight Attendants at Alaska and Southwest Airlines enjoy a wonderful contract through their respective Unions. Alaska employees have brought home the coveted J.D. Power award nine years in a row. Imagine what we could do if we had a contract and a Union protecting us! We will be unstoppable.

Our leaders have said over and over we have the BEST employees. Let's get the respect we deserve.

DO NOT DELAY...sign your IAM card today!

Respectfully,
Todd Eichmann

We Should Have Rights, Even During “Crisis Ops”

DL Passengers StrandedDelta management called yesterday’s power outage a “crisis.” While that word might be a little over the top for an avoidable techno-fail, what are "irregular" operations, anyway? What changes regular ops into “irregular” or “severe?” And who gets to decide that?
Industry Flight Attendant contracts clearly define those terms.

If we formed a union and negotiated a legally binding contract, our agreement with Delta Air Lines would clearly stipulate how we are treated in certain circumstances, like “irregular” or “severe” ops.

Without a contract—as we know—it’s just run-of-the-mill SNAFU time, which occurs daily in our industry.

A contract clearly spells out how we’re to be treated, even when a rotation doesn’t go as written. Irregular operations are challenging for flight crews and scheduling, no doubt. What DOESN’T have to be challenging is EXACTLY HOW crew notifications, reroutes, cancellations, order of assignment, hotel bookings, duty time limitations, pay guarantees, incentivized flying and required rest are all handled when the you-know-what hits the fan.

A strong contract clearly defines those processes.

By forming a union, we can negotiate language that anticipates OUR NEEDS when things go wrong, protecting OUR RIGHTS without overexposing the operation to economic instability.

Nobody wants to see our Delta Air Lines brand suffer like it did yesterday.

What we do want are clearly defined rights during "irregular," "severe," or even "crisis" ops. The only way to achieve those rights are with a negotiated IAM contract!

Sign or request your a-card today, so we can have the representation election we deserve!

Did You Know?

Did-you-knowQuestion: Many Delta Flight Attendants have recently asked, “Why aren’t IAM-Delta activists sitting visibility anymore?”

Answer: Because Delta management doesn’t want activists communicating with colleagues about union representation, plain and simple.

But, since IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW for management to discriminate against us for supporting representation, Delta’s legal team had to create an intentionally puzzling workaround.

Updated corporate policy FORBIDS activists from displaying flyers, signs, or other “message bearing” materials in “work areas” or in areas “not being used for work purposes.”

Confused by that unclear language in “advocacy” memos? It’s part of the corporate plan!

The reality is that managers may not prohibit us from talking about representation during working time, since they permit us to talk about other non-work-related matters during working time.

We activists are still at it, we’re just not…flashy!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON YOUR RIGHTS AND TO LET US KNOW IF YOU FEEL YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED.

Freedom of speech still exists! Please engage openly in considerate, informational conversations at work, on layovers, on Facebook, in the lounges, in crew parking lots and on hotel transportation.

Let’s help each other maintain our card-collecting momentum: proudly display your union pin at work. Talk about the benefits of IAM representation, just like you’d discuss cute shoes or crazy weather.

You can confidentially request an election authorization card (a-card) at www.iamdelta.net/acard/. The IAM will mail you a personalized a-card. All you have to do is sign, date and return.

If you have any questions regarding union representation, you can confidentially contact your base IAM-Delta lead here.

Always remember, your a-card is held in the strictest of confidence and Delta Air Lines is prohibited under federal law from ever knowing you signed an a-card.

Update your IAM card today so we can have a fair election and earn the right to SPEAK WITHOUT CONSTRAINT OR FEAR.

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