IAM Delta Flight Attendants

If You Haven’t Received Your Individualized A-Card, Request it Online

If you haven't received your individualized A-card in the mail yet, then it's likely that IAM Delta does not have your correct mailing address.

To have your individualized A-card mailed to you, just click here and fill-out the online form with your correct mailing address and contact info and submit.

The IAM will then mail your individualized card to you. All you have to do then is sign, date and drop in the mail. And, don't forget to "self-verify." For more info on self-verification, click here.


A View From the Top; James L. Lucas Jr.

james-l-lucasDear Delta Flight Attendant colleague,

I have received the top customer commendation award five times since becoming Delta, six with Northwest Airlines and all while supporting union representation for Flight Attendants.

For me, it has never been about which company I worked for, or what particular "culture" was being promoted. It was always about publicly raising the stature of our Flight Attendant profession by going above and beyond for customers EVERY time, in every possible way, no matter the circumstances.

The positive result is twofold: I feel respected by passengers and fellow crew members, and, most importantly, I help make the company as successful as possible, assuring profits and continued employment in a field of work that I love!

An industry leading, legally binding agreement between Delta Flight Attendants and management would enhance our career with Delta, making it even more secure, and finally giving us a true voice in all aspects of our job.

Who is better qualified to negotiate for Delta Flight Attendants than Delta Flight Attendants? To set safe work rules, health insurance benefits, retirement security and job protection than our very own peer negotiators?

Who better? Those same Delta Flight Attendants backed by the experience, influence and experts of the IAM.

When we elect IAM to represent us, we’ll tap into the organization’s enormous resources and insight, and negotiate the best possible agreement with the country’s most profitable airline. We will gain REAL power and bring it to the table during discussions about our workplace.

With IAM’s help, we will deliver due respect to our profession using the same imagination, innovation and ingenuity we use at work when we turn an impossible situation into a customer commendation! James, we can negotiate a contract that is uniquely ours, lifting our career and setting the gold standard for the industry.

IAM ready to get to work and make this happen. Sign, date, mail and self-verify your IAM card today!


Rumor Has It Wrong

really-againThere they go again. In Friday's “Rumor Has It,” Delta management once again makes the false claim that by signing an election authorization card (a-card) we are somehow taking a “risk.”

This spurious claim, used in every single anti-union campaign, is only meant to scare us from exercising our federal right to request the National Mediation Board (NMB)—a federal agency—to conduct a representation election. Delta management will do, and has done, everything in its power to prevent us from deciding the question of union representation by ourselves, without their meddling in our affairs.

Signing an a-card only means we want the right to vote. That’s it. To decide ourselves whether we want to unionize or not. Ask yourself why Delta management doesn’t want us to vote.

The reason is they fear a unified Delta Flight Attendant group that would have the legal right to negotiate a fair and equitable contract. Delta management loves the current system in which they decide for us. They decide when and how much of a raise we receive. They decide how much to increase our health insurance costs. They decide when and how much to cut our profit sharing. They decide, and they like it that way.

Don’t fall for Delta management’s scare tactics. All Delta Flight Attendants with an address on file will receive an a-card in the mail in the coming days. Many of us have already received our a-cards. Sign, date and return your a-card as soon as you get it, and do so without fear. Delta management is prohibited under federal law from ever knowing who signed an a-card!

We deserve the right to vote. We deserve the right to decide the union representation question ourselves without Delta management’s continued attempts to dissuade us from seeking to exercise our lawful rights.

Delta Pilots Reach Agreement on New Contract, Maintain Pilot Profit-Sharing

whatif2Friday afternoon, unionized Delta Pilots reached agreement on a new industry-best contract. In a statement, Delta management said the tentative deal is an "industry-leading package of pay, benefits and work rules." The union's Chairman said the agreement "achieves the goal of advancing the profession... (and) recognizes and rewards the Delta Pilot group for the daily contributions we make to Delta’s financial success."

The accord highlights the benefits of collective bargaining and having the legal right to vote on one’s terms of employment. Specifically, the tentative agreement maintains the pilots’ profit sharing plan after they rejected Delta management’s proposal to cut the group’s profit sharing formula over a year ago.

As you know, we do not have the right to collective bargaining and the consequent right to reject terms of employment that we deem unacceptable, all because we have yet to form a union of Delta Flight Attendants. It could not be any clearer that the time is NOW for us to unionize and attain the industry-best contract we deserve.

Below are highlights of the Delta Pilots tentative agreement:

Total economic improvement

• Over $3.8 billion added to the pilot contract over the term of the agreement. (Contract amendable on Dec. 31, 2019).
[Flight Attendant costs drastically reduced with change to our profit sharing formula, international staffing cuts, projected increased health insurance costs and productivity measures.]

Base rate increases

• Pilots to receive over 30 percent in cumulative base rate pay increase over the term of the agreement.
[No scheduled pay rate increases for Flight Attendants.]

Retroactive pay

• Full retro pay from January 1, 2016.
[Flight Attendants receive no retroactive pay because we do not have a contract with guaranteed base wage rates.]

Profit sharing

• No change to the current profit sharing program, which will remain 10 percent of profits up to $2.5 billion and 20 percent above $2.5 billion.
[The Flight Attendant profit sharing pool calculation was slashed from what the Pilots currently have to 10 percent of profits up to $6.5 billion and 20 percent of the difference between year over year profit if over $6.5 billion, a potential loss of over $400 million in 2017.]

Vacation, training pay and sick leave improvements

• 270:00 annual Sick Leave accrual for pilots.
[56:00 annual PPT for Flight Attendants.]
• Pilot Medical Note Required only after using >100:00/12-mo; reimbursed for medical expenses if medical note required.
[Flight Attendants are randomly med note required after 1, 2, or 3 sick occurrences and have even been "counseled" in mandatory meetings for using FMLA]

Scope protection improvement

• Flight Attendant mainline flying is NOT protected, and is outsourced to partner and commuter airlines; Pilots received Scope grievance settlement award of several thousand dollars per union member when the percentage of known flying by joint venture partners exceeded contractual allowances.

Retirement Improvements

• Pilots TA: 16% company provided contribution to retirement saving program. (No match required).
[Flight Attendant current terms: 2% defined contribution; up to 7% match; these numbers may be changed by Delta management at any time.]

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/

Stay Informed, Join the IAM Delta Email List