DIGNITY. SECURITY. RESPECT. FAIRNESS.
HOW READY RESERVES CAN VOTE FOR REAL CHANGE
Are you thinking that the Ready Reserve program needs a lot more than just a name change?
- Put Ready Reserves on an equal pay scale as permanent employees
- Make Health Insurance available for Ready Reserves
- Give Ready Reserve paid vacations
- Eliminate the yearly maximum cap on hours worked
- Give Ready Reserves the same 401k match as permanent employees
All of this and more is possible if ramp, cargo, and tower employees form a union.
The part-time employees at United, American and Southwest already enjoy these benefits and more, because they have a union.
TOGETHER WE CAN RIGHT THE WRONGS
Ready Reserves at Delta Airlines are just as hard working as their permanent counterparts. Every day they endure the same hazards, and physical and financial demands equal to every permanent benefited worker.
Yet Delta, which in 2016 had net profits $2 billion more than their next closest competitor American Airlines, continues to treat their Ready Reserves like second class citizens. Ironically, one of the big reasons Delta’s profits are so high is due to the unequal wages and benefits paid Ready Reserve employees. United Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines workers are part of a union, and no such inequality exists for newer or part time employees. Look at the difference being part of a union can make:
By forming a union at Delta Airlines, ramp, cargo and tower workers can fight together to correct the gross injustices that Ready Reserve workers currently endure each and every day. Together WE CAN bring about these changes:
- Pay scale equal to permanent benefited workers
- Health insurance equal to permanent benefited workers
- Matching 401k equal to permanent benefited workers
- Paid vacation equal to permanent benefited workers
- Personal Paid Time (PPT) accrual equal to permanent benefited workers
- Paid holidays equal to permanent benefited worker
- Flexible schedules with no yearly cap on hours
DELTA AIRLINES — THE INDUSTRY LEADER?
WHEN IT COMES TO WAGES, BENEFITS, AND FAIR TREATMENT TOWARDS THEIR EMPLOYEES THEY ARE FAR FROM THE INDUSTRY LEADER
In 2016, Delta Airlines was the industry leader with $4.4 billion in net profits. Followed by American Airlines with $2.7 billion and United Airlines with $2.3 billion in net profits for the year.
The Wall Street Journal recently rated all airlines in eight performance categories. Delta ranked #1 for airlines our size. (They ranked #2 overall behind Alaskan Airlines). United Airlines ranked #5 and American Airlines finished #9 among the big three.
But, when it comes to wages, benefits, and fair treatment towards their employees Delta Airlines is far from the Industry leader:
WAGES – United ramp currently $29.87/hour (33.30 by 2021), American ramp currently $30.17/hour, Delta $28.42/hour.
RETIREMENT – United pension provides at least 2,500/month for life after 30 years of service, plus a 401k match. Delta provides a 401k match but no pension.
DELTA PROFITS SOAR. WHY DID YOUR SHARE GET SMALLER?
Delta justifies this with, “You get less profit sharing in exchange for guaranteed money in your hourly wage.”
The truth is you can have both. Just ask the pilots. They received both a high profit sharing formula and an industry leading wage. Why? They have a union. More truth, if Delta is to keep our wages in line with the industry average they had to give us a raise. But, with the cut we all took based on the new profit sharing formula—you were forced to finance your own raise.
Delta’s slogan is “Still Climbing”, but here are the things that are really climbing:
- Medical Insurance Premiums
- Rate of productivity demanded from us.
- Difficulty meeting Shared Reward Bonuses.
- Percentage of temporary, non-benefited employees.
- Number of Cargo and Mail facilities being outsourced to DGS.
Isn’t it time we had voice in our future? Isn’t it time we had a contract that guarantees all workers at Delta fair and equitable wages, benefits and profit sharing. WE CAN. SIGN A UNION CARD TODAY.
READY RESERVE BLUES
A large percentage of Delta Air Lines employees are now Ready Reserve.This program provides cheap labor for Delta and treats Ready Reserves as second class workers. With a union we would push for:
- A pay progression with regular raises similar to what permanent employees get.
- Vacation Accruals for Ready Reserves.
- Health Benefits for Ready Reserves.
- Eliminating pay cut if a Ready Reserve goes full time.
- More full time positions for those who want full time, and continued flexibility for those who want to remain Ready Reserve.
- Ability to participate in a matching 401k and a pension plan….
REQUEST YOUR A-CARD TODAY
Over the last several months, Delta Air Lines employees have been working to secure the right to another vote for union representation. Thousands of election request cards have been signed to date, reflecting significant support within the ramp group. Please join us in our effort to bring dignity, security, respect, fairness to our workplace by signing a card today.
Please click HERE and complete the form, and you will be mailed your individualized, election authorization card (A-card). All you have to do is sign, date and return the card. Don’t worry about postage, it’s already paid.
To file for our election with the National Mediation Board (NMB)–a federal agency–at least 50 percent of all Delta Ramp, Tower, and Cargo employees must sign an election authorization card.
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