IAM Delta Flight Attendants

UNIONIZED SOUTHWEST FLIGHT ATTENDANTS APPROVE NEW CONTRACT; DELTA FLIGHT ATTENDANTS LAST IN PAY AT MAJOR AIRLINES BY YEAR’S END

swa-dl-faSouthwest Airlines Flight Attendants this week approved a new two-year contract that includes industry-leading gains in pay rates and a generous lump sum payment. The new deal brings our colleagues to over $68 per hour and to over $73 per hour by the end of the contract. That compares to our present top of scale wage rate of $61.28 with no future scheduled pay increase.

By the start of 2017, among the four major carriers, Delta Flight Attendants will rank last in pay rates. Flight Attendants at Southwest, United and American, at top of scale, all will earn more. The new SWA contract, which went into effect November 1st, also included a 15.9 percent bonus payment.

The 14,500 unionized flight attendants at Southwest ratified the current accord after rejecting a proposed contract last year. The gains achieved by our colleagues were the result of hard-fought negotiations and having a legal right to negotiate and vote on their terms of employment.

James, is it fair that Delta Flight Attendants will rank last in pay among our peers at the major carriers by year's end? Is it justified that we also are offered the most expensive health insurance among our industry peers? Is it acceptable that any and all of our current pay (including profit sharing), benefits and working conditions can be changed by Delta management at any time for any reason without our consent?

Delta management often claims we're the best flight attendants in the industry and they're right; we are committed to ensure Delta's legendary customer service, safety, and reliability are delivered. Despite Delta's continuing record financial success, Delta FAs are not fairly compensated for our contribution to that success. And, there is absolutely no justifiable reason why we should rank last in base pay rates in just a few short weeks.

To change our present condition, which is that we depend on the charity and good will of shrewd businessmen in Delta’s executive management suite, we must form a union of Delta Flight Attendants and gain the legal right to negotiate and vote on the things that affect our lives and the lives of our family members.

Sign, date and return your election authorization card today. Only then can we gain the right to vote to form a union of Delta Flight Attendants.

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!

Respectfully,
James

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.

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