Southwest 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.