Each week numerous emails are sent from Delta Flight Attendants to AFA asking a variety of questions and making comments. This week’s eline will answer two of those questions.
Question: Why is management not giving us the same profit sharing? It’s not fair!
Answer: Management is doing this for one reason and one reason only: to interfere with the representation election. They want us to believe that AFA is responsible for the inequitable profit sharing with the hopes that will translate into votes against AFA in the re-run election. This is why AFA is assisting several pre-merger NWA Flight Attendants who have sued Delta for withholding the higher profit-sharing payout while AFA pursues its efforts to obtain a new election.
Let’s be clear about this. Interference is illegal because it works. It prevents people from making a calm, rational decision about unionizing and has a chilling effect on the campaign. Instead of voting to protect our international flying and to prevent the outsourcing of our work, as an example, they want us to vote against AFA because of profit sharing.
As if AFA marched into payroll in ATL and forcibly prevented the company from sending the same profit sharing to both the PMNW and PMDL Flight Attendants! It’s ridiculous. Management is withholding the profit sharing in a transparent attempt to interfere in our election. Profit sharing distracts us from the real issue here – our ability to negotiate a legal and binding contract with scope protection (among other things).
We need an AFA contract to protect our flying and to keep the company from outsourcing our international flying to Flight Attendants not on our seniority list and based in other countries. There is no way for us to legally prevent this from happening without a union contract.
Question: Don’t you think Delta is just being fair by giving different profit sharing to PMDL and PMNW Flight Attendants? I will vote for AFA when Delta stops being fair.
Answer: Not everyone believes Delta management is being fair. In fact, most do not. See above question.
But let’s set that issue aside and talk about the notion of voting for AFA at some later point, after management does something that we don’t like (for example, opening domiciles in BOM, NRT and AMS and using Flight Attendants who are paid less and not on our seniority list). Sure, we could and probably would do that. We could pass cards, call for an election and begin negotiating for our first contract. In the meantime management has furloughed thousands of flight attendants and our good international flying is gone. It will be incredibly difficult to roll back the clock and fix it.
Our careers are important enough for us to be proactive and not reactive. Hoping for the best does not cut it in this economy. The price of fuel is on the rise. Imagine how much money the company would save by outsourcing our work. In this case the old proverb is correct, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
The former PMNW EAP representatives have been in contact with the AFA International EAP Department regarding the unfolding tragedy with the earthquake and tsunami. AFA EAP will assist any Delta Flight Attendant. If you need help, please call 800-424-2406.