Delta 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!