Thu, Mar 27, 2008
NMB Clears Vote For April 23-June 3
Delta Air Lines issues a statement
Tuesday, announcing it has received notification from the National
Mediation Board that the voting period for a union election among
Delta's flight attendants has been scheduled for April 23 to June
More than 50 percent of all Delta flight attendants would have
to vote "yes" on union representation for the proposal to pass. If
that happens, Delta's 12,000 flight attendants will be represented
by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.
The Associated Press reports that would make them only the
second major work group at Delta to have union representation,
along with pilots. A similar vote failed in late 2001, but across
the industry, organizers are telling workers they'll need union
representation if major airlines begin merging.
Joanne Smith, Delta's senior vice president of in-flight service
and global product development, maintains a direct relationship is
better for both the employees and the company.
"The facts are: Delta flight attendants have it better than what
the Association of Flight Attendants has been able to deliver at
other airlines, and those airlines' contracts are not open to
changes for several years to come — years in which Delta
flight attendants will continue to enjoy higher rates of pay, a
better profit sharing program and a better performance rewards
program," Smith said Tuesday.
Delta has also reminded flight attendants that despite the
pilots' union contract, the airline has still been able to furlough
pilots when needed, and the same thing could happen to the
attendants, even if they unionize.
The AFA-CWA called Smith's statement "...typical, anti-union
rhetoric that companies use," and noted that more than 50 percent
of Delta's flight attendants filed cards seeking the union
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