This one does not surprise me at all. I have been speculating that this was on the way for a while now. Delta pilots have had union representation and still have pay levels up to 30% lower than they were before Delta’s bankruptcy.
This round it is IAM trying to be the union to represent the FAs. On their web site they say:
“This is an historic day for these courageous Flight Attendants,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “The IAM stands firmly behind the Delta Flight Attendants’ effort to win a strong voice in their profession and stability in a volatile industry.”
Delta, in “The Street” piece, was clearly against the idea as they would like not having to answer to a union when it comes to negotiations with those who work for the airline. They have even, as we have seen in DTW, outsourced as much as possible.
My personal take on this is from a Diamond Medallion and Delta frequent flyer perspective. Delta has shown over the past few years very little concern for me as a loyal traveler. If they are willing to treat me this way, I can only imagine how they do and may deal with FAs. So, I am all for this as a way to give those who work so hard (impressively so) some control over Delta.
I just wish we frequent flyers could form a union to stop many of the choices Delta has made this year since so many are basically HUB captives to the airline. – René
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