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"We have no way to hold management accountable"

I’ve always been an aviation nut. I love the experiences I get to have with our passengers and flying partners.

When I started at Delta almost five years ago, I was on the other side of the union drive. I was one of those Flying D’s who was a true believer in everything management said about how we were special, and not having a union was what made Delta great. Our airline is great because of the people who work here.

As time progressed, I realized that what they were promising was completely different from what they were doing.

But my mind started to change when I saw how management will manipulate work rules. I remember one turn where my crew went illegal four times on a block. We’d call scheduling only to be told “You’re within 15 hours because the block time has been knocked down.”

That’s not putting safety first, and it’s not fair. And it’s far from the only way that management has shown us they care more about the bottom line than us as the people of Delta.

It’s time for us to have a voice at the table. Decisions are being made about our lives and our workplaces by people who have never done our job. When one of us makes a mistake, we’re held accountable. But we have no way to hold management accountable when we get stranded without a hotel or lost on a turn when the schedule goes sideways.

As a Flying D, I was praised by management. But as a Delta AFA activist, I’ve found real solidarity with our flying partners. 

I want to see this happen. I want to see us get our contract and get this locked in. I want the respect and recognition that comes with a union contract. We’re making great progress, and it’s up to us to finish it. Join us Sign your card today, then sign up to be part of our campaign for a voice in our workplace and real dignity at Delta.

In unity,

Ross, MCO
Delta Flight Attendant & AFA Activist