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Now 24 years into his career as a ramp agent, Robinson often shares his story with Delta Air Lines workers across the country as they move closer to an election to join the Machinists Union. This time he speaks into a megaphone on a brisk October morning outside LaGuardia Airport, where Robinson began working for Northwest Airlines in 1994.
It was Robinson’s first union job. He had an IAM contract and the security of guaranteed wage increases, health insurance, consistent work rules and more.
“I said ‘That’s great that the company gives us all these cool things,’” said Robinson. “My coworker told me: "Wait a minute, the company didn’t give you those because they like you; we get those things because our union negotiated those benefits."
The crowd of Delta workers, many of whom are close to Robinson’s age when he began his career, erupted in agreement.
“That stuck with me all these years,” said Robinson.
Delta Ramp Agents and Flight Attendants are quickly gathering the signatures needed to have a vote for IAM representation. The campaign, the largest union organizing drive in North America, is beginning to garner national attention.
On this morning, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, a surprise winner of the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, which includes LaGuardia, was on hand to support a union for Delta workers.
“I’m here to tell you today that if you all keep pushing, you too can get those signatures, you can get on that union ballot and you can vote to unionize Delta,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who like a growing number of Delta workers worked multiple jobs to support herself before entering politics.
Ocasio-Cortez listened to the stories of Delta activists from New York and other hubs, including Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis.
“When I told her about my subpar health insurance and how it’s denying my post-cancer follow-up testing, she immediately gave me a hug. She understands,” said Masayo Tyner, a Delta Flight Attendant based in Detroit. “She lost her father to lung cancer. She understands, because she has lived it.”
Despite the carrier’s industry-leading profits, Delta is increasingly replacing full-time workers with part-time jobs, known as “ready reserves,” that do not have employer-provided health insurance. The cost of health insurance has risen sharply for all workers and work rules change at the whim of management.
“I love Delta. I want Delta to succeed,” said LaGuardia Ramp Agent Richie Kojo Owusu. “But I know that when you have a union, management respects you. You matter and your family matters.”
Former Northwest employees like Robinson lost IAM-representation when the airline merged with Delta in 2009. He has lived the difference, and along with other Delta activists, Robinson is determined to win a union at the industry’s lone carrier with a majority non-union workforce.
“I’d like to pay it forward to the younger people coming behind me,” said Robinson. “When I started, this job was a career; almost everyone I worked with owned a home. I’m sad to say that many of the people I work with now still live at the home they grew up in.”
It is now up to Delta workers themselves, with supporters like Ocasio-Cortez by their side, to finish what they have started and demand justice on the job.
“I believe that this is a fight we can win together,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “This is not about left or right. All of us deserve a living wage in this country.”
Activists like Julianna Helminski, a Delta Flight Attendant based in Minneapolis, appreciates the support of Ocasio-Cortez.
“She threw her support behind our IAM Delta campaign with a lot of enthusiasm and we accept her support in kind,” said Helminski.
United States Senator Bernie Sanders today released a video endorsing the IAM’s organizing campaigns at Delta Air Lines.
The video shows Senator Sanders meeting with IAM-Delta organizers and discussing Delta’s notorious anti-union tactics which are designed to ensure employees are forced to continue acquiescing to Delta’s will.
"You're seeing this very profitable corporation doing everything that it can to prevent the formation of that union," said Sanders.
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Remember that your a-card is valid for one year from the date you signed and that Delta management is prohibited from ever knowing that you requested and signed an a-card. YOUR RIGHT TO SIGN IS PROTECTED UNDER FEDERAL LAW. If you believe your rights have been violated, submit an interference report.
Forming a union of Delta Flight Attendants will finally allow us to negotiate our true worth, protect our profession and jobs and have a real say in our future.
THE TIME IS NOW. SIGN, DATE, RETURN AND WIN.
These days, every conversation starts and ends with a uniform critique.
While change can be hard enough, many Delta Flight Attendants have also paid out of their own pockets to get new pieces altered.
When a “complimentary” outfit starts costing you money and time, it’s clear an IAM contract would fit better than a “direct relationship.”
We could negotiate free alterations for each costume change like other mainline carriers, a no-cost package refresh every two years, higher annual uniform points that never expire, realistic wearing guidelines that protect our safety, even new luggage that doesn’t use up points.
The price tag on a ZP kit is over $700! We’d be plum crazy NOT to tailor our first IAM contract to fully cover replacement expenses and fit us like a glove.
Sign an IAM card and let’s design our contract together!
On the morning of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. Law enforcement justified the raid because Stonewall was serving liquor without a license, but it wasn’t unusual for police to target gay clubs. A woman being thrown into a police wagon shouted to the crowd outside, “Why don’t you guys do something?”
LGBTQ Pride Month events draw millions to parades, marches, parties, concerts, workshops and symposiums across our nation. Memorials are also held for members of the LGBTQ community who have lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.
We at IAM-Delta celebrate the diversity of the IAM's membership, and the right of all its members to be proud of who they are. We ask that you honor the spark that ignited change, and when you see injustice, ask yourself “Why don’t I do something?”
It started with a tickle in the throat. Probably an allergic reaction, something that would go away when you got to the hotel. You snorted Flonase®, slept a solid six of your pathetic eight-and-a-half behind the door, and woke up feeling worse.
But you need to get home, maintain 100 hours a month for the $1,000 summer “thank you,” so you head down for pick up, sneeze into your Passport Plum elbow, and apologize to your crew, who all start avoiding you like the plague since maybe that’s what it is.
You decide to go to urgent care because, of course, it’s Labor Day weekend and A THOUSAND DOLLARS! Diagnosis: flu. The good doctor doesn’t QUITE understand why a grown woman would need a note for her employer of 13 years, but writes you one anyway for tomorrow’s all-nighter—then hands you the bill.
You’ve just lost a grand, and this visit cost you $190!?
You get home and cough-yell “THIS IS NOT FAIR!” to your cat, the only living being who might feel sorry for you for working like a dog without union representation. Your FSM makes a “wellness check” call while you’re finally napping, but his feigned compassion isn’t going to cure this ding to your reliability, and he wants you to pop into the office before your next trip, adding insult to injury.
The industry’s highest insurance costs, worst sick call policy, highest average block hours, and greatest exposure to customers would make ANYONE sick. With an IAM contract, we’ll negotiate past one-sided work rules and turn the tables toward healthy, productive, protected Delta Flight Attendants.
Feel better. Sign an IAM card and let’s take care of each other under a binding contract.
"In honor of International Flight Attendants Day, the IAM would like to thank all flight attendants today and every day for the safety, service and comfort they provide that, all too often, goes unappreciated. Their days are long and sometimes overwhelming with extended periods away from their family and friends, but their attention to detail and dedication to their jobs doesn’t go unnoticed."
Sito Pantoja, General Vice President
My Husband says, “I used to bounce out the door, happy to go to work for NWA because I knew I had a union to cover my back and work rules that could not be changed at the company's discretion."
MY, HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED!
With respect to every other airline, Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants are, by far, the industry’s most underappreciated, underpaid and underestimated group.
We are trained on more aircraft than any other airline.
We have accountability issues that are disrespectful and we have no voice with the company.
The "so-called" committees, like the EIG, are a facade that Delta is using to make it look like we have a voice. These committees have no jurisdiction with respect to legally negotiating work rules, pay, benefits and accountability.
The commendation letters I received before the merger were not only delightful, they expressed how much I engaged with passengers. Now, I am walking on eggshells waiting for the "hammer to hit the nail on the head!"
Two sick calls in a year, you receive a harassing phone call. Three sick calls in a year, you lose your Purser Wings or you are put on probation.
I used to work during all holidays and weekends until Alison's letter was published quoting how she could "not sleep at night." This company professes to be a family. HA!!!! If I had a family like Delta, it would be considered a dysfunctional family at best.
My heart goes out to the junior flight attendants. I will no longer work weekends or holidays to help this company out if I’m required to provide a doctor's note if I am ill.
Please people, if you think your IAM A-Card for representation has expired, ask for a new card so we can get this well-deserved IAM representation matter taken care of!
The IAM-Delta organizing campaigns last week held a rally in Minnesota that drew approximately 200 participants from around the country. The standing room only rally united Delta workers from all classifications- flight attendants, ramp, customer service and mechanics.
Delta workers spoke passionately about their need for IAM representation, including flight attendants Tammy Rustad and Bob Cannatelli who gave rousing personal speeches.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum also spoke, lending her support to all IAM-Delta campaigns. Other AFL-CIO affiliate union members were present as well, backing all Delta workers.
Fifteen IAM staff members attended the event along with volunteer organizers from other IAM-represented airlines. IAM representatives again expressed the full support of the world’s largest airline union.
The rally was a tremendous success, further unifying all Delta workers' quest for IAM representation.
I AM ready to have a voice and to be able to enjoy my job again.
I AM ready to put my foot down on the issues that matter most to me.
I have read endless stories about why we need a union. I’ve been through endless reroutes and IROPs where I am abused and completely knocked out by the end of an extended duty day.
I AM ready for new hires to not be scared of coming out of training because while in training they were bullied to believe certain things.
I AM ready for everyone to have the same rules that we all must follow; managers, flight attendants, scheduling.... EVERYONE.
I want THE IAM because when I came out of training I almost lost my job to a disability that I had previously disclosed with DL prior to them hiring me.
I want THE IAM because for the first year that I was on the line I didn’t have anyone who had my back during my treatments and endless doctors' appointments. These appointments were made months in advance and I could not reschedule. I was told good luck, get someone to pick them up or swap your days.
How do you want me to do that when we are scheduled 85 hours or more?
How can I give a trip away when we are all overworked with no rest? We do not receive concern or care from the higher-ups.
Cancer doesn’t just stop because you couldn’t give your trip away.
I want a Voice.
I want to feel Safe in a career I chose and love dearly.
I AM ready for DL to be different.
I AM ready for us to all be one.
I AM READY!
Upper management breaks these “rules of the road” daily.
No sick time. Punishment for illness, for sudden life incidences, for simply being human. “Gray area” work rules and policies. On hold with scheduling for hours until being mysteriously disconnected. Crew tracking not tracking crews, who end up sleeping on floors and in hotel lobbies. Being flown into off days, just because.
Retirement that forces you to continue working to make up for a company-mandated offset. Profit sharing withheld because of whatever excuse management invents that year.
All of this affecting thousands of flight attendants!
I’ve worked for Delta in different departments since 2009. It is an amazing company, but has some serious transparency issues that need fixing. I want the IAM to help us achieve accountability with a premier contract.
Management holds us accountable to its rules. Who holds scheduling accountable when they make up stories to fly us illegally? Who holds management accountable when they bend rules to protect the operation? Who holds the company accountable when our rights are violated?
We have more aircraft in our fleet than any other carrier, but we are not paid the most. How is that fair? We are told we’re a valued part of what makes this company great, so we should be treated accordingly.
Until we are protected by the power of an IAM contract, we are just another airline, employee number and seniority number. Only with an IAM contract can we say that our rules of the road separate us from the others. Only then can we call ourselves the world’s greatest. IAM ready to get started!
Delta Fight Attendant and IAM Activist Alex Jenkins recently visited IAM Headquarters to make a video in support of the IAM-Delta Flight Attendant campaign. Alex spoke passionately about a number of issues Delta Flight Attendants face daily, and why they need IAM union representation.
In addition to shooting the video, Alex was given a tour of headquarters, visiting different departments and seeing firsthand the various resources the IAM has to offer.
I want the IAM so we can push OUR needs forward.
Delta’s a great place to work because of us! Who better to make improvements where they’re needed but the world’s best employees?
One place for us to start with IAM is our anemic allowance of unaccountable call-offs.
Sometimes life happens: feeling meh, a wedding, a flat tire. We earned unplanned days off for just those circumstances. (Isn’t that the definition of PAID PERSONAL TIME?) We don’t need a phone call from a manager, questioning an already tough decision to spend our hard-earned PPT.
A contract would take the pressure off by giving us a clearly defined number of unaccountable absences.
Being automatically continued on a leg that would make you exceed your legal duty day is not an “improvement” to our work rules, even with extra pay. The safest thing is to default to NOT being continued, then call crew tracking to opt to stay for extra pay.
An IAM union safety committee would work on our behalf to put our safety first— truly first.
For several years now, our profit sharing has been diminished. Is that an “improvement?” An IAM union contract would take into account how much the company has made and whether we are getting our FAIR share.
Our pay is good, at a fantastic place to work, but why stop there? We deserve to proportionally benefit from our participation in record profits with record pay and top-notch work rules.
The IAM can take us from having a pleasant, fun place to work, to an outstanding, trend-setting, leadership role in the world of flying! We know we’re the best in the business. IAM will take us to the next level.
Delta Fight Attendant and IAM Activist Bob Cannatelli recently visited IAM Headquarters to make a video in support of the IAM-Delta Flight Attendant campaign. Bob eloquently spoke about a number of issues Delta Flight Attendants face daily, and why they need IAM union representation.
Upon his arrival at headquarters, Bob was greeted by Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja who reaffirmed the IAM's full commitment to the IAM-Delta Flight Attendant campaign.
In addition to shooting the video, Bob was given a tour of headquarters, visiting different departments and seeing firsthand the various resources the IAM has to offer.
As Delta workers in Atlanta make their way to and from work, they'll get another reminder that they have the commitment of the world’s largest and strongest airline union, the IAM.
The IAM last week put up a billboard near the Camp Creek Parkway and I-85 southbound exit, reaffirming their support for all Delta workers across the country to gain union representation by signing an IAM election authorization card.
I want someone whose vested interest is in me, as a flight attendant, and not just in numbers or the bottom line.
I have been abused and threatened by management, “If you try to challenge this, you’ll make things much worse for yourself.”
They are looking out for their own jobs, so who is going to defend ME when I need help?
With a work group of over 23,000 flight attendants, we need unifying rules, enforced regulations, and accountability for the overseeing corporation.
How else can we be taken seriously?
I want the protection and security that our colleagues at other airlines enjoy.
A contract will give us that.
We work hard, we deliver, we are worth it!
The wool has been lifted from our eyes.
It’s time to exercise our freedom and vote!
Why do you want a union?
I want a union so Delta Flight Attendants have black and white work rules that are set in stone.
We are one of the industry’s leading airlines, but are treated like a low cost carrier.
We are underpaid, understaffed, overworked and, most importantly, underappreciated.
We are the face of Delta, but have terrible health coverage.
We have more IROPS than normal days.
All of our “work rules” change when their “system” feels like changing it.
They no longer care about us, and we aren’t a family.
I want a union for everyone, so we have a voice, so we are safe from all of these “work rule changes” and “system needs.”
I want a union to have a VOICE!
Why do you want a union?
Many new hire flight attendants are asking about defined work-rules and they are being told that having too many published work rules can hurt flight attendants. Wrong.
Clearly defined work-rules provide ALL flight attendants, whether newly hired or our most senior colleagues, with certainty, fair treatment and accountability from management. Without a legally binding contract, we have no work-rules. The truth is, management can change or modify any “rule” or benefit we currently have without our agreement and we have absolutely no recourse.
To have enforceable work-rules, we need to have a contract that obligates management to follow the procedures and policies that both Delta flight attendants and Delta management mutually agree to. Just as Delta pilots and almost every other flight attendant in the US airline industry.
Before we can negotiate a contract, we need to get and then win a vote for IAM representation. Sign your card today if you care about having clearly defined work rules that apply fairly and equally to all flight attendants.
If you don’t have an a-card handy, please click the following link and request one by filling out the online form and IAM Delta will mail a card out to you. Thanks!
I want a strong union with us every step of the way, holding the company accountable through a legally binding agreement. I want management to actually follow the "rules of the road" every day, every schedule assigned, every sick call, every OJI, every flight, every IROP, for every flight attendant.
I love who I work for and I wouldn't want to fly for any other airline. God’s honest truth. But when I come to work, I want to know that what’s written in black and white STAYS black and white. And, that there's someone watching to make sure it does.
I want real compensation that makes sense and I want adequate staffing, not excuses.
Remember the good old days of having a "slow season" in schedules and flights that allowed you to recover from the hard flying in summer and the holidays?
Why do you want a union?
Contaminants, disease, infection, radiation, burns, cuts, falls, and other on-the-job injuries, jet lag, and long, overnight shifts. It’s all in a day’s work.
The CDC has determined many of these conditions cause cancer, and we know that every single one jeopardizes our health!
In spite of all this, Delta Flight Attendants are granted the fewest “sick” hours among industry peers (56 hours of Paid Personal Time) and only 20 percent of what Delta pilots negotiated (270 hours of sick leave).
We don’t begrudge our pilots a strong union contract, but is it right that they receive almost five times what Flight Attendants get?
Management’s crackdown on our sick time usage makes these statistics sting even worse. Flight Attendants are blamed for understaffing, placed on extended probation for temporary disabilities, forced to get doctor’s notes while pilots are not, and leaders have even threatened our future schedule flexibility while all we’re doing is trying to get well!
With an IAM contract, we could negotiate sufficient sick leave. All the rules we create regarding sick leave usage would be applied equally and fairly. If you’re sick of being made to feel worse for calling out sick, it’s time to sign an IAM card.
Sign your card today, so we can get the respect we truly deserve!
If you don’t have an a-card handy, please click the following link and request one by filling out the online form and IAM Delta will mail a card out to you. Thanks!
Most of us can’t imagine what it would be like to lose the job we love.
But what if the unthinkable happens? What if we are unjustly accused, disciplined or terminated? Who really has our back?
Without union representation, there is no protection, no objective way to clear our file and reclaim our wings.
With IAM representation, we will have contractual due process and an expert legal team. A solid contract will state exactly how and when a flight attendant will be returned to the line with all qualifications and pay restored.
If the unthinkable happens, we won’t face management alone. No more “gag orders,” no random probation, no intimidating four-against-one closed door meetings.
Please sign or renew your IAM card today. Click the link below, fill out the online form, and IAM Delta will mail one out to you. Thanks!
Today is International Civil Aviation Day, which is observed annually on December 7. The purpose of the day is to recognize the importance of aviation, especially international air travel, to the social and economic development of the world. It also helps demonstrate the role the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has in promoting safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.
“International Civil Aviation Day celebrates the vital role the airline industry has around the world,” says Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “It is also a day that helps raise awareness of the importance of safety for all airline workers around the world.”
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed International Civil Aviation Day to be December 7 each year, which is the anniversary of the 1944 signing the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
In a demonstration of how unions have responded to international issues in civil aviation, the International Transport Workers Federation organized a meeting of dozens of civil aviation unions from more than 20 countries across the globe this week in Argentina.
“The IAM congratulates the JetBlue Flight Attendants for pursuing their right to take control of their future,” said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja. “I now encourage you to take the next step and vote yes for our AFL-CIO sister union.”
The nearly four-year campaign showed the foresight and desire of the JetBlue Flight Attendants to have union representation so they can be afforded a say on the job and share in the profits they helped JetBlue earn.
Don’t we at Delta want the same? Why are we waiting?
NOW IT’S OUR TURN TO CLAIM OUR WINGS!
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We should not have to standby until 2019, or longer, for our next pay increase during the most profitable period in Delta’s history.
The IAM Delta campaign today renewed its call for Delta management to announce the 2018 wage increase for flight attendants. In past years, wage increases have been announced much earlier in the year and unfortunately it appears that Delta management is considering no wage increase for 2018.
Delta CEO, Ed Bastian, signaled publicly—while advocating for the Trump Administration’s corporate tax cut plan—that if the massive corporate tax cuts become law, then Delta will have more to give its employees. So, not only do we have to depend on the “good will” of Delta management to attain the wage increases we deserve, we must now also depend on the passage of the corporate tax cut to receive a wage increase. That’s just wrong and devalues the work we do to make Delta the leading US carrier.
Delta’s unionized pilots and dispatchers, however, already have their 2018 wage increase guaranteed in their contract, as do flight attendants and other unionized ground staff at the other major carriers—American, United, Southwest, Alaska, Hawaiian—with IAM members at these respective carriers leading the way. These workers do not have to wait and wonder whether they will receive pay, benefit and work rule enhancements. Their contracts guarantee them.
IAM Delta calls on Delta management to immediately increase flight attendant wage rates to the top of the industry, at every step, by at least 14 percent to surpass Southwest flight attendants. We deserve at least that, and we will negotiate more with the IAM.
Sign or renew your a-card now, so we can gain the right to vote for IAM representation, win and negotiate the industry-best contract that we very much deserve.
If you don’t have an a-card handy, please click the link and fill-out the online form and IAM Delta will get one out to you. Thanks!
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 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.
To view the full story, click here: https://www.prnewswire.com/…/delta-air-lines-slammed-by-nev…
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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.
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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Delta management is ramping up its multi-million dollar, divisive anti-union, anti-flight attendant campaign.
Upper level executives informed base management to employ tactics designed to influence us not to support unionization.
Don't fall for it.
Our right to form a union is protected under federal law. Don't be scared. We have a right to organize and Delta management is prohibited from interfering with our efforts to form a union.
Delta management doesn't want to talk about why they haven't announced our pay increases for next year. Why our health insurance premiums keep rising. Why we don't have a secure pension plan. Why we don't have the right to a fair process when disciplined or terminated.
That's what we should demand Delta management talk about.
The only way to talk about those things is to unionize and negotiate a legally binding contract.
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Delta Announces Another Billion Dollar-Plus Quarter; IAM-Delta Campaign Calls For Industry Leading Pay
Delta Air Lines today announced $1.2 billion in net income on revenue of $11 billion. Delta’s passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased by 1.9 percent and management expects PRASM to increase next quarter.
But management is setting the stage for another inadequate wage increase for 2018, warning of higher fuel costs pressuring profit margins, and claiming ongoing impacts from natural disasters.
IAM-Delta calls on management to announce a 14 percent wage increase for Delta Flight Attendants for 2018.
In 2018, Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants’ top of scale wage rate will rise to approximately $73 per hour, roughly 14 percent higher than Delta’s Flight Attendants. Delta is the most profitable carrier in the industry and Delta Flight Attendants are the most productive. We deserve industry best wages, plain and simple.
The IAM-Delta campaign forced the recent profit sharing reinstatement. We now demand industry-leading pay. We deserve that respect.
Almost 100 IAM-Delta Flight Attendant activists met this week in MSP and DTW to discuss plans and specific strategies to obtain the remaining amount of IAM election authorization cards (a-cards) to file for a representation election.
“The meetings were very well attended and we got a lot of work done,” said Delta Flight Attendant and MSP Base Lead Tammy Rustad. “I call on all Delta Flight Attendants, from every base, who want the right to vote to form a union to get their cards in. The time is now.”
Five IAM International Representatives also joined the Delta Flight Attendants and reiterated the IAM’s support, solidarity and resources to get the job done.
“The IAM has never wavered in its support of our movement to form a union, said Delta Flight Attendant and DTW Base Lead Victoria Daleo. The IAM has been at our side for over four years now and is fully committed to helping us reach our goals,” “All we have to do is sign a card, get a vote and vote YES. It’s up to us and we CAN and WILL do this.”
Additional planning meetings are scheduled in New York on October 18th, Atlanta on Novemeber 7th, Boston on November 9th and Los Angeles on November 14th. The schedule for other bases is in development.
For more information on the IAM-Delta campaign, visit our website.
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Remember, cards are only valid for one year. If you are unsure if your card is valid, request a new one.
The IAM-Delta campaign has continually stated that any cut to the Delta Flight Attendants profit sharing plan was wrong. Since 2013, Delta has cut our profit sharing plan, transferring hundreds of millions of dollars from us to Delta. The reason Delta could cut our plan is because it isn’t protected by a legally binding contract.
Delta Air Lines today announced that effective October 1, 2017 they will return to one common profit sharing plan for all Delta employees, which will increase our profit sharing pool. We look forward to Delta releasing the details of our new plan.
Delta didn't initiate this change because they felt it was the right thing to do. They did this because our IAM-Delta campaign has pressured them for over five years to improve our profession. Delta is seeing the growth in our campaign and our strong unified voice. They are cognizant of the power of one undivided message and know each day our voice is becoming louder and stronger!
Today, we can celebrate a well-deserved gain, but the real victory is when we can negotiate improvements like profit sharing into an IAM contract.
Be proud IAM-Delta Activists. Be proud of our movement every day. Imagine what we could do when we gain collective bargaining rights. Imagine how we could improve our profession, our airline.
We must continue to be ONE, and by doing so, we will continue to be EMPOWERED!
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General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement on the anniversary of 9/11:
Sisters and Brothers, today marks the sixteenth anniversary of the heinous terrorist attacks on our country. Each year, we honor and pay tribute to the heroes we lost on that fateful day. We respectfully recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy—those who were injured, perished or lost loved ones. We remember the selfless first responders—firefighters, police, emergency workers, and other courageous people—who risked, and many times, lost their lives in their brave efforts to save others. Let us not forget the cabin crew members, the aviation industry’s frontline, who also lost their lives.
The IAM lost three heroic members that day, United Airlines Customer Service employees Marianne McFarland and Jesus Sanchez who were onboard United 175 and IAM Organizer and New York City Firefighter Keith Maynard who died in the World Trade Center collapse.
Let us take some time today to remember and honor our fallen heroes. It is also a day to champion the work hundreds of thousands of Machinists do each and every day in making our country safer and stronger.
"We Will Never Forget!!"
You know what’s so totally random? Pretty much everything around here.
Will two absences trigger a documented warning? Three? Maybe it’s one. Like everything else, it depends. On the FSM’s record, on the time of year, on who you know.
Without a contract, inconsistency is the rule, not the exception.
Every IAM contract defines a consistent, progressive disciplinary process and grievance procedure. If you’re treated unfairly, your IAM rep files a grievance and the company is required to respond. If that response is unsatisfactory, an independent arbitrator can compel management to make you whole and purge your record.
A clean slate. That’s the power of a union.
Enough randomness already. Let’s build predictability into our first IAM Delta contract.
Renew your card and your commitment. Our time has come.
IAM the Brand.
IAM the Future.
“The IAM stands with our sisters and brothers in Texas and Louisiana who are suffering from the catastrophic flooding caused by this once in a lifetime hurricane. The IAM will mobilize disaster relief efforts and employee assistance to aid IAM members in need and work with IAM-represented employers in the region to ensure that all employees are treated fairly during this event. Our hearts go out to those who have lost family members, friends and property due this the storm and we will be right by your side every step of the way.”
IAM members who have suffered a loss, please contact your local lodge representatives for more information regarding the IAM’s disaster relief program.
Click the following link for more information on the IAM’s disaster relief program and to donate to aid IAM sisters and brothers in need: https://www.goiam.org/…/disaster-…/iam-disaster-relief-fund/
When we reach max duty, the door slams and we’re forced to continue.
When pilots time out, they pull back to the gate and deplane for legal rest.
If we walk, we’re on hold for hours, made to feel we’ve done Atlanta wrong.
Pilots are snuggled in bed without shame.
We’re coughed, sneezed, and vomited on, with 56 hours of annual paid personal time.
They negotiated 270 hours of sick time, reflecting the risks of working in a test tube.
When we’re injured at work, we’re forced to exhaust precious PPT.
They get 90 days of paid accident leave before anyone touches their sick bank.
We need random doctor’s notes on unpaid holidays like Labor Day. (Irony, much?)
They don’t need an excuse for the first 100 sick hours used.
Pilots earned their legitimacy through union activism, lobbying, and measured negotiations, not through hoping, wishing, and endless “anonymous” surveys.
Life isn’t always fair, but it’s infinitely better with a respected contract.
Renew your card and your commitment. Our time has come.
IAM the Brand.
IAM the Future.
"I wish I had less control of my schedule,” said no Delta Flight Attendant, ever.
Management makes every decision for us now, and has all the power and privilege in our workplace.
We have the opportunity to take control of our work/life balance during Delta’s boom years.
We will design our OWN set of rules, tailored to protect our schedule flexibility, guarantee our pay and benefits, make our workdays more productive, reduce injuries, and provide clear, fair disciplinary practices.
Opportunity awaits. Let’s seize it before the next clear air IROP.
Renew your card and your commitment.
Our time has come.
IAM the Future.
IAM the Future.
As early as July 14th, ALPA pilots alerted union representatives to serious errors in negotiated 16% company 401(k) contributions during the initial payroll system rollout.
(Yeah, we agree, that'd be hard to miss.)
ALPA acted immediately for its members, contacting management on behalf of all pilots, who were "made whole."
That's unity. That's union representation.
Flight Attendants are left to handle every discrepancy alone — payroll, scheduling, insurance, disability, discipline — without collective assistance from peer representatives, or recourse when mistakes happen.
Renew your card and your commitment.
Our time has come.
IAM the Brand.
IAM the Future.
On Tuesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) along with Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act, a bill that seeks to protect airline passengers and cabin crew from toxic cabin air.
Academic research indicates that approximately 20,000 toxic fume events have occurred during the past 10 years - an average of five each day.
“The IAM commends Senators Blumenthal, Feinstein and Markey for introducing legislation that will help ensure the safety of the passengers and crew from the dangers of toxic air,” said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja.
District 142 President Dave Supplee, an FAA-licensed Airframe and Powerplant technician, met with Senator Blumenthal’s staff to provide technical help as they drafted the bill.
The Cabin Safety Act aims to make the cabin air on airplanes safer through multiple steps such as:
- Training: Mandating pilot and flight attendant training regarding toxic fumes on aircraft.
- Reporting: Requiring FAA to record and monitor reports of fume events through a standardized form and public database.
- Investigating: Ensuring that thorough investigations occur after fume events occur.
- Monitoring: Ensuring that aircraft have carbon monoxide sensors that are set to alarm based on national air quality standards.
Delta Flight Attendants can express support for the Bill and urge their Senators to vote for it by sending an IAM action alert by clicking here
Our productivity earned Delta over $1.7 billion this quarter.
But Delta's punishing work rules don't reward us for our company's success.
It's Time We Stand Up for Ourselves!
We can't waste this opportunity to negotiate during the best of times. Let's get our vote and our fair share!
Renew your card and your commitment. Our time has come.
IAM the brand.
IAM the future.
Late last year, IAM Legislative Director Hasan Solomon and myself met with staff of Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal. Senator Blumenthal had several constituents who thought they had been exposed to contaminated cabin air and the Senator asked the Machinists Union to explain how that happens and what needs to be done to protect the flying public from this hazard.
As a result of the meeting, Senator Blumenthal introduced Senate Bill S.1405, Cabin Air Safety Act of 2017. This is part of the FAA Reauthorization bill and needs to be approved on the Senate floor. Hopefully, this will be part of the FAA bill in the final form will include all the items in Senator Blumenthal's bill.
The Senator's bill includes educating pilots, flight attendants, aircraft maintenance technicians and airport first responders on how to respond to incidents on board aircraft involving smoke or fumes. It will require all events to be reported to the FAA. It will provide funding for research to develop techniques to monitor bleed air quality and finally, require a report on the feasibility and efficacy of certification and installation of systems to evaluate bleed air quality.
For many years, we have been aware there is a danger with the cabin air in commercial aircraft. The IAM has helped fund independent studies on the issue, and I have served as an expert witness in lawsuits filed by flight attendants who contracted serious, debilitating illness as a result of contaminated cabin air. But this is the first time the federal government has acknowledged this being an issue and we thank the Senator for taking this fight on!
The health of our flight attendants, flight crews and maintenance workers, as well as passengers, are at risk. This is the first step in getting this issue brought to the forefront and get solutions on fixing the problem of contaminated cabin air for everyone.
The amendment to the FAA bill passed in the Commerce Committee last week. We need all our members to urge their Senators to oppose any attempt to remove or weaken this provision when the FAA bill comes up for a Senate floor vote.
The IAM supports and sympathizes with all Flight Attendants affected by last night’s traumatic incident on Delta Flight 129. The IAM will continue fighting for safety improvements for not only its members, but for all workers. There needs to be zero tolerance for such violent and criminal behavior against Flight Attendants.
The House Transportation Committee today will be considering an FAA Reauthorization Bill that directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to revise current rules for flight attendant rest. The bill would require them to be given a rest period of at least 10 uninterrupted hours.
This important safety change replaces the current eight-hour rest period. The bill would also require airlines to submit to regulators fatigue risk management plans for attendants.
“Flight Attendants have a crucial and often life-saving job responsibility,” said GVP Sito Pantoja. “The inclusion of the ten-hour rest rule in this bill is a step towards ensuring that Flight Attendants are properly prepared to do their jobs.”
The IAM has been aggressively lobbying Congress to adopt this ten-hour rule for years, meeting with lawmakers from both parties and holding rallies on Capitol Hill.
“The IAM places a great deal of importance on the safety and well-being of both flight attendants and passengers,” said GVP Pantoja. “I congratulate our legislative team and our members for working hard and pushing for this legislation change.”
IAM members will be receiving approximately $1.5 million as a result of the IAM's successful arbitration against Alaska Airlines regarding HMO coverage. In its December 20, 2016 Order, the IAM-Alaska System Board of Adjustment, through Arbitrator John LaRocco, ordered Alaska to cease and desist from violating its contractual obligation to contribute the "same amount" to its HMO plans as it does for the same tier of coverage for PPO plans.
"This arbitration victory demonstrates the importance of filing grievances and fighting diligently for our members, said GVP Sito Pantoja. "I thank our District 142 representatives and, in particular, LAX Alaska member Rachael Ackerman for filing the grievance that is benefiting thousands of our members who will receive this award."
Alaska will make these payments to all affected employees within 45 days, by August 7, 2017.
To read the full story click here
To read the Arbitration Award click here
Delta Leaders to Delta FAs:
STOP getting hurt
STOP getting sick
STOP taking crew rest
STOP taking summer vacation
STOP calling scheduling
IAM Activists to Delta FAs:
START having a voice
START taking control
START being respected
START making positive changes
START by signing an IAM card
An IAM contract will clarify IROPS, sick policy, crew rest minimums, vacation allotments, staffing requirements for increased service, and meaningful overtime pay.
STOP THE HAVOC.
STOP LOSING GROUND.
START LIVING BETTER.
SIGN AN IAM CARD TODAY.
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PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS AT DELTA ARE RISING AND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS HAVE NO SAY IN SETTING THE COSTS!
IAM Members’ Voices Heard Loud and Clear at Annual Legislative Conference, Brown Cites Importance of IAM-Delta Campaign
Hundreds of IAM members this week descended on Washington D.C. at one of the the largest legislative conferences in organized labor. IAM members fanned out on Capitol Hill and met with lawmakers from both parties and pressed for legislation that would better the lives of workers and their families.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, a stalwart of labor and workers’ rights, electrified the delegates when he emphasized the vital importance of the IAM-Delta campaign to all workers in the United States.
IAM-represented airline workers, including flight attendants, met with the likes of Senators Elisabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN) and many others.
Flight Attendants and Customer Service Agents (CSAs) lobbied Congress to adopt a 10-hour minimum rest requirement for flight attendants and pushed Congress to adopt an "Employee Assult Prevention and Response Plan." This plan would include guidelines for CSAs should they encounter violent behavior.
The IAM’s Legislative Department Director, Hasan Solomon, updated conference delegates on the status of important legislation and the union’s legislative strategies for the 115th Congress. International President Bob Martinez Jr. gave the keynote address and stressed the importance of IAM’s resolve in the face of many attacks on organized labor and thanked delegates for their continued hard work back in their home states.
IAM delegates concluded the week with the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL) conference. The MNPL was created in 1947 to allow IAM members to gather individual contributions, coordinate political activity, and elect candidates who support IAM members and their families. It’s important to note that any money from the MNPL given to candidates for political office comes from IAM member donations and NOT from union dues.
IAM Representatives out in force today with Detroit strong!!
Don't wait one minute longer, sign a card NOW and let's get the election we DESERVE!!!
Also, be on the lookout for a new mailing that will have a personalized a-card and a letter of support from IAM International.
“In spite of these achievements, there is much work yet to be done,” said GVP Pantoja. “We cannot allow ExpressJet to continue delaying a fair agreement for our Flight Attendants, and we will redouble our efforts to finally organize Delta flight attendants and ground workers and JetBlue ground staff. I look forward to celebrating the successful conclusion of these campaigns at our next Transportation Conference.”
The IAM Transportation Department sends its support to the Delta Flight Attendants who were stranded in terminals throughout the country this past week. Delta’s operational breakdown, and subsequent abandonment of its Flight Attendants, is further proof of the importance of having a union contract. Without the protection a union contract affords, the safety and well-being of flight attendants will continue to be neglected by Delta.
SIGN A CARD TODAY AND HAVE A VOICE IN YOUR FUTURE!
Is it that we’re paying for our own raise with the loss of over 50% of our Profit Sharing?
Or that our real hourly rate has inched up only 3.6% in thirteen years?
No. Those facts are NOT the best thing ever. The BEST thing for our group is that NEGOTIATIONS START FROM HERE!
When we begin negotiating our first IAM contract, Delta is bound to preserve all current pay, benefits, and working conditions. We will negotiate improvements to what we currently have.
We simply need to earn a union vote first to lock in our negotiations starting point.
Don’t fool around with our future: sign an IAM card today!
Visit iamdelta.net/acard to request a card online. When it arrives in your home mailbox, sign, date, send, and email verify as instructed on the receipt.
Preserve and protect what we have now, and let’s advance toward an industry leading contract!
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 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.
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!
If you haven't received your individualized A-card in the mail yet, then it's likely that IAM Delta does not have your correct mailing address.
The IAM will then mail your individualized card to you. All you have to do then is sign, date and drop in the mail. And, don't forget to "self-verify." For more info on self-verification, click here.