Our work environment is one of the most dangerous of any profession. We are exposed daily to safety and security threats and nearly every illness known to modern science.
Contaminants, disease, infection, radiation, burns, cuts, falls, and other on-the-job injuries, jet lag, and long, overnight shifts. It’s all in a day’s work.
The CDC has determined many of these conditions cause cancer, and we know that every single one jeopardizes our health!
In spite of all this, Delta Flight Attendants are granted the fewest “sick” hours among industry peers (56 hours of Paid Personal Time) and only 20 percent of what Delta pilots negotiated (270 hours of sick leave).
We don’t begrudge our pilots a strong union contract, but is it right that they receive almost five times what Flight Attendants get?
Management’s crackdown on our sick time usage makes these statistics sting even worse. Flight Attendants are blamed for understaffing, placed on extended probation for temporary disabilities, forced to get doctor’s notes while pilots are not, and leaders have even threatened our future schedule flexibility while all we’re doing is trying to get well!
With an IAM contract, we could negotiate sufficient sick leave. All the rules we create regarding sick leave usage would be applied equally and fairly. If you’re sick of being made to feel worse for calling out sick, it’s time to sign an IAM card.
Sign your card today, so we can get the respect we truly deserve!
If you don’t have an a-card handy, please click the following link and request one by filling out the online form and IAM Delta will mail a card out to you. Thanks!