"I want a fair system to be able to call out if we’re sick"
I started at Delta almost six years ago. I remember the day when management got up to give us the “just say no to a union” speech in training.
For me, that speech went in one ear and out the other because I’ve seen the union difference myself.
Before I started at Delta, I had worked in restaurants for almost 20 years. As a restaurant worker, I never had a union.
But during that time, I also worked at AT&T, where I did have we a union.
The difference was night and day. We had real protections. No one could fire you if something happened such as arriving late for work. There was a fair process for any kind of discipline. We had guaranteed raises every year that we could count on.
When management tried to tell my class of new hires that a union wouldn’t be good for us, I just laughed.
We need guarantees and protections that only a union can provide. I’m tired of management being able to fly us into off days whenever they feel like it. I want a fair system to be able to call out if we’re sick or have a problem. I want predictable, guaranteed raises that management can’t just take away.
The great thing about a union is that we’ll be able to choose what we want to negotiate. All of us together. We’ll get to say what matters, come up with solutions, and work as a collective group to secure what we deserve.
Delta Flight Attendant & AFA Activist