Thanksgiving week’s total estimated Delta passengers number 4.7 million. And—no surprise—the operation is at minimum staffing due to booby-trapped workspaces leading to OJIs, and unplanned sick calls caused by higher-than-industry-average schedules and way-lower-than-humane paid personal time.
So, to increase staffing, management decides employees should volunteer. At the airport. Just like paid ACS professionals. But for free.
Volunteering for a non-profit like Habitat or Pride is an admirable venture. The Peach Corps is fuzzy: Delta is essentially taking away holiday overtime hours for our ACS flight family members, and encouraging other employees to do similar work for nothing.
Unionism is about protecting ALL workers from indignity on the job. The fruit of our ACS coworkers’ labor should not be degraded by people “playing airport.” ACS toils skillfully to make this operation run smoothly, and should be rewarded their piece of the pie without worrying staffing will be cut further because office workers are eager to replace them for sandwiches and a chance to win an iPad.
We can staff up for next year by signing an IAM card now, getting to an election, and negotiating realistic manpower into our first contract. That’s the core of the IAM Delta movement!