DIGNITY. SECURITY. RESPECT. FAIRNESS.

THE IAM’S RESPONSE TO THE NEW DELTA SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

Andrea L. Bowman, Assistant General Counsel
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
P.O. Box 20574
Atlanta, GA 30320-2574

Dear Ms. Bowman:

     I am writing in regard to the recently issued Delta Social Media Policy in hopes of heading off any legal issues before they take place. The newly issued Delta Social Media Policy is quite extensive and broadly written and therefore we have concerns that it could be misinterpreted to restrict lawful activities.

     For example, the policy in many places refers to “inappropriate” posts or posts that “has the ability to harm Delta.” While one might not take issue with the spirit of these policies, we want to be sure that Delta is not interpreting them to mean that Delta employees cannot speak together through social media about their terms and conditions of work or their need to join a union. We are glad to see that Delta acknowledges that the “policy is subject to applicable federal, state, and local laws.” Therefore, it cannot be interpreted in a manner to interfere with the Delta employees’ rights to assist in organizing with the IAM.

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WANT A SECURE RETIREMENT?
HERE’S WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WITH A UNION, A CONTRACT AND THE IAM PENSION

If you ever wondered what an airline pension looks like, here’s what the IAM has negotiated for the Fleet (Ramp) workers at United Airlines:

Under the current (2016-2021) contract between the IAM and United, for each ramp worker the company makes an hourly contribution into the pension of $1.75. The numbers in the chart reflect the monthly pension benefit for the associated years of service in the plan, assuming a conservative annual hourly contribution increase of $.05. There is no penalty after 30 years of service regardless of age, no penalty after 20 years at age 62, no penalty after 5 years of service at age 65. Currently it takes 5 years to be vested.

TO VIEW AN ESTIMATE OF A PERSONALIZED PENSION, CLICK HERE
(Use $1.75/hr. as a contribution amount)

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A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS—BUT FOR WHO?

From 2016 through September 2017 Delta reduced the profit sharing formula for all employees except unionized pilots. That cut most Delta Air Lines employees profit sharing checks in half over the last 2 years. Delta has announced beginning October 1, 2017 that there will now be one profit sharing formula for all employees and has switched back to the higher profit sharing formula.

Shouldn’t the restoration of the higher formula be applied to all of the last two years instead of just the last quarter of 2017? Thousands of dollars that each employee earned to make the company super profitable is still in Delta’s pocketbook.

IF YOU AGREE THAT IT SHOULD BE PAID BACK, PLEASE SIGN THIS ONLINE PETITION: CLICK HERE

WE NEED A UNION. While compensation and other aspects of our jobs constantly change from unilaterally imposed decisions by Delta, the ramp workers at United, American, and Southwest Airlines with a Union Contract have a say.

TO SIGN YOUR UNION CARD TODAY CLICK HERE

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REAL ENHANCEMENTS
WILL DELTA’S RECENT “ENHANCEMENT” OFFER TO READY RESERVES REALLY MEASURE UP
Delta’s recent “enhancement” offer to Ready Reserve employees to attain full-time within 5 years doesn’t measure up.
Especially for a company with multibillion dollar profits year after year.

  • Here’s what Ready Reserves could have with a union contract:
  • Real flexibility of schedule with no limit on hours worked per year and only 40 work hours required per month.
  • Health Insurance equal to full-time.
  • Paid vacations equal to full-time.
  • 401k match equal to full-time.
  • Paid Holidays equal to full-time.
  • Yearly pay increases equal to full-time.
  • Guarantee of more full-time positions through legally binding contract language.
  • Pension equal to full-time employees.

Delta expects Ready Reserves to wait 5 years for benefits while newly hired, unionized ramp
workers at American Airlines and United Airlines receive benefits and pay progression from
day one. To see the entire comparison click HERE.

Forming a union is the only option to make what Ready Reserve employees deserve a reality
NOW THAT WOULD BE A REAL “ENHANCEMENT”

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A UNION CONTRACT PROVIDES YOU FLEXIBILITY PLUS PAY PROGRESSION
You can see how the profits don’t trickle down at Delta Air Lines. Unionized American Airlines and United Airlines workers have more flexibility, with full benefits and pay scale from day one.

Sign a Union Authorization Card today! And, then get a friend to sign one.The sooner we do that, the sooner we can vote for the ability to negotiate a contract that leads the industry, yet tailored to OUR needs.

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WHY WE NEED A UNION

  1. EQUALITY IN PAY AND BENEFITS FOR ALL READY RESERVE EMPLOYEES.
  2. PROTECTION AGAINST SHORT STAFFING, AND UNFAIR DISCIPLINE FOR ALL WORKERS.
  3. A DEFINED PENSION FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY IN RETIREMENT.
  4. JOB SECURITY BY PROTECTING AGAINST OUTSOURCING.

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THE PUSHBACK
THE DELTA RAMP ORGANIZING DRIVE  NEWSLETTER

DOWNLOAD ISSUE #2: HERE

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? 
How about:

  • 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…

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READY RESERVES:
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…..

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REQUEST YOUR UNION AUTHORIZATION 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.

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). …

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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 …

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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…….
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2.3 MILLION LITTLE REASONS TO ENJOY THE NEW YEAR
UNITED AIRLINES MEMBERS TO RECEIVE $2.3 MILLION IN FINAL LUMP SUM DISTRIBUTION
Beginning December 22, over 26,000 IAM members at United Airlines will receive their final lump sum payout… 

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READY RESERVES AND SEASONAL
COMPARE YOURSELF TO THE UNIONIZED RAMP WORKERS AT UNITED AIRLINES
Suppose, instead of your ramp job at Delta, you were recently hired at United: You are now on a pay progression with a top out of $33.30 per hour…

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DELTA AND PILOTS REACH CONTRACT AGREEMENT
MORE PROOF HAVING UNION REPRESENTATION PAYS
Recently, unionized Delta Air Lines Pilots reached agreement on a new industry-best contract. In a statement, Delta management said the tentative deal is an “industry-leading package of pay, benefits and work rules.”…

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