IAM Delta Flight Attendants

What Does Delta’s Advocacy Policy Really Say?

 

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The mere fact that Delta HAS an advocacy policy says a lot. Its very existence quantifies that Delta management will do everything possible to prevent us from advocating! (Read about your federal rights here)

We CAN have IAM bag tags in non-work areas.

We CAN wear an IAM pin in the same places a service pin is approved.

We CAN distribute materials, such as cards, flyers, and pins.

We CAN discuss representation, our IAM card drive, working conditions, profit sharing cuts, even real-life examples of management's prejudice against pro-union employees, as long as those conversations don't disrupt the operation.

The following are not work areas:

  • Hallway leading to the lounge.
  • The elevator and concourse.
  • The bus and parking lot.
  • The dining tables in lounges, the couches, chairs, coffee maker area, etc.
  • The hotel lobby, bar, restaurant, and any mode of transportation to and from those places.

All are non-work areas!!

FSMs have trouble enforcing the intentionally confusing policy. We feel for them! Most are not lawyers or third-party persuaders. They're just coworkers trying to defend the indefensible.

Comply with all management requests regarding advocacy — even if you believe that request is unjustified — noting the date, time, exact location, and manager's full name. Then file an online interference report during your next non-work downtime!

Talking about IAM is not soliciting. Wearing a pin is not an advocacy activity. Deliberating about working conditions, suppression, and our history is called educating, and it is permitted EVERYWHERE it doesn't disrupt the operation.

Don't default to silence.

Know your audience, know your rights, and know you are right. Sign an IAM card today and establish REAL advocacy for our group!

 

 

 

The IAM Objects to Voice Calls on Airplanes

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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today submitted comments regarding the DOT’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the “protection of passengers from being unwillingly exposed to inflight voice calls.” The DOT seeks comment on whether to prohibit airlines from allowing passengers to make voice calls from wireless mobile devices on domestic and/or international flights and its proposal to require the sellers of air transportation to provide adequate advance notice to passengers if the carrier operating the flight allows voice calls on wireless mobile devices.

“Flight attendants already have the great responsibility of securing the safety of the flying public,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “They are the last line of security onboard an aircraft, making their jobs harder is dangerous and wrongheaded.”

The IAM asked the DOT to consider the stress and distractions flight attendants would undoubtedly encounter by permitting inflight voice calls. It’s inevitable that flight attendants will have to neutralize cabin situations caused by hostility between passengers stemming from inflight voice calls. The use of inflight cell phones may also pose additional security risks. Potentially, terrorists aboard a single or multiple aircrafts could use this new capability to communicate with each other about the movement and vulnerability of crew members or to even initiate a coordinated attack.

 

Half-Hearted Valentine

Unionized Delta Pilots voted for a contract that preserved last year’s Profit Sharing formula, awarded $380 million in retroactive pay, and added another $95 million in contract improvements in 2016.

As a result of the Pilots' deal, Delta's pre-tax income is $475 million lower, which directly decreases the profit sharing for Delta FAs.

The Pilots' increased compensation changed Delta’s balance sheet. That collective power is at the heart of what unions do: negotiate sweet deals in good times, and safeguard members in tough times.

Without a contract, our Profit Sharing formula was changed overnight — funding our own so-called “raise" — and our payouts were slashed 53% in Delta’s most successful year ever.

That isn't funny, Valentine.

Delta Flight Attendants have the passion and potential to negotiate our own industry leading contract in a mature relationship with our company.

Sign an IAM card today!

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