Putting maximum control in our hands, not management
A contract is about putting maximum control and flexibility in the hands of us as Flight Attendants, not management.
Flight Attendants at Delta are the only Flight Attendants that do not have monthly maximum assigned hours. Management can essentially schedule Delta Flight Attendants an unlimited amount of hours.
And our September schedules show exactly what happens without one.
One Flight Attendant notes:
“Many of us were awarded 92 hours, including 6 A-days, meaning that we will most likely be flying close to 100 hours in September (often we fly more than credited 4:45 per A-day). A maximum schedule value assignment means that we could contractually limit the hours scheduled in the initial bid. You would always be able to pick up until your heart's content the trips that you actually want on the days you want them on top of that original assignment.“
Union contracts put maximums on management, not Flight Attendants. The union contract gives you all of the discretion to increase time by picking up from Open Time or the Swap Board.
Having Flight Attendants work more saves money for management. Without a maximum, Delta management can push more and more hours onto our lines instead of hiring more Flight Attendants and giving space for flexibility in our schedules.
Delta AFA Organizing Committee