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ITF Reaffirms Support for IAM Delta Campaigns

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has reaffirmed its support for the organizing campaigns by the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM) at Delta Air Lines, the third largest carrier in the United States.

Delta has recently ratcheted up its anti-union campaign, so the ITF’s support comes at a critical juncture in IAM’s campaign to organize the carrier’s 23,000 flight attendants and 14,000 fleet service workers, who are seeking union representation and a voice at work.

ITF general secretary Steve Cotton met IAM officials in Washington DC on 31 October to discuss and co-ordinate global campaign activities.

Mr Cotton told the IAM: “Workers around the globe are prepared to help Delta workers achieve a strong, collective voice and finally bring fairness and security to their jobs.

“The ITF has worked closely with the IAM to organize Delta workers, and they have our full support. Organizing 37,000 workers requires a global initiative and the ITF is helping mobilize union members on every continent where Delta flies.

“Together we will see these campaigns through until Delta workers can sit across the table from management and negotiate the fair contract they deserve.”

IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja thanked the ITF for standing with the IAM and said its support and dedication of resources was an integral part of the IAM’s campaign.

The IAM’s five-year Delta flight attendant campaign – the largest airline organizing drive in the industry’s history – is making strong progress, despite Delta’s spending thousands of dollars to quash the workers’ right to freedom of association and join a union.

The IAM represented fleet service workers at Northwest Airlines before the carrier merged with Delta. After a bitter, hard-fought representation election, during which the US government cited Delta for numerous violations of labor election rules, the fleet service workers were stripped of their collective bargaining rights.

Delta Guilty of Employer Discrimination; Flight Attendants Continue to Suffer Bias

Delta failed to accommodate an employee’s disability, ultimately violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and terminating the employee.

The employee was awarded nearly $1m in damages.

Our colleague’s suffering and sad victory in federal court could have been avoided.

With an IAM contract, peer representatives provide support and a fair appeals process. Delta management is held accountable for its actions, and colleagues are not left alone to fight for the job they love.

Although justice has been served for this colleague, countless flight attendants are fired, disciplined, suspended or have their probation extended without proper justification.

Each day we report to work without representation, our career could end due to an unsubstantiated complaint, false accusation or other injustice.

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Dear Allison, This is What Keeps Me Up at Night

Please read this awesome response to Allison’s email by a Delta Flight Attendant, IAM activist who forwarded it to the IAM-Delta campaign. For fear of management retaliation, the Delta Flight Attendant asked for her name to be redacted.

Dear Allison,

This is what keeps me up at night.

I’d like you and the entire family to know what keeps me up at night as a Delta flight attendant.

IAM kept awake because you’re firing my friends. Friends and colleagues who adored their careers and DID NOT abuse their PPT. They would give anything to be working right now and contributing to our productivity.

IAM kept awake because I’m told stories everyday about how FAs who would love to be working are out on OJIs because of our "enhanced" bins and galley reconfigurations.

IAM kept awake because when a great FA goes through a hard time, well-meaning FSMs strip them of their purser quals and can’t help them because they’re more afraid of keeping their own jobs than helping the members of their "team."

IAM kept awake when a FA texts me at 8 AM on a Saturday morning asking me if reporting an OJI will get her fired.

IAM kept awake at night when a FA commits suicide while they’re out sick and being harassed by a third party called Sedgewick.

IAM kept awake because FAs are afraid to stand up for themselves and sign union cards; NOT because they don’t want representation, but because they think you’ll fire them if you find out.

So, how about we ALL get some good sleep and work TOGETHER, union and management, to find some thoughtful, reasonable and honest fixes to our problems that work for all of us.

Anonymous Delta Flight Attendant

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