We should not have to standby until 2019, or longer, for our next pay increase during the most profitable period in Delta’s history.
The IAM Delta campaign today renewed its call for Delta management to announce the 2018 wage increase for flight attendants. In past years, wage increases have been announced much earlier in the year and unfortunately it appears that Delta management is considering no wage increase for 2018.
Delta CEO, Ed Bastian, signaled publicly—while advocating for the Trump Administration’s corporate tax cut plan—that if the massive corporate tax cuts become law, then Delta will have more to give its employees. So, not only do we have to depend on the “good will” of Delta management to attain the wage increases we deserve, we must now also depend on the passage of the corporate tax cut to receive a wage increase. That’s just wrong and devalues the work we do to make Delta the leading US carrier.
Delta’s unionized pilots and dispatchers, however, already have their 2018 wage increase guaranteed in their contract, as do flight attendants and other unionized ground staff at the other major carriers—American, United, Southwest, Alaska, Hawaiian—with IAM members at these respective carriers leading the way. These workers do not have to wait and wonder whether they will receive pay, benefit and work rule enhancements. Their contracts guarantee them.
IAM Delta calls on Delta management to immediately increase flight attendant wage rates to the top of the industry, at every step, by at least 14 percent to surpass Southwest flight attendants. We deserve at least that, and we will negotiate more with the IAM.
Sign or renew your a-card now, so we can gain the right to vote for IAM representation, win and negotiate the industry-best contract that we very much deserve.
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