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On Thursday, June 30 we walked the picket line to support our Delta ALPA partners on the flight deck in their fight for a fair contract.
We have important updates to share on our advocacy for those affected by Delta’s toxic uniforms, and ways you can help keep the effort moving forward.

We knew this summer was going to be rough. Demand is back, but staffing isn’t.

We are the Delta Flight Attendants who are organizing Delta AFA. We’re organizing for a real voice on the job, work rules management can’t just change, and industry leading compensation to match our contribution to the industry’s leading, most profitable airline.

Last week, dozens of Delta AFA Flight Attendant activists from all over the system met in Atlanta, GA for our Delta AFA Activist meeting. Many experienced activists were joined by newly recruited flight attendants and together we committed to working together to secure our union!

California state law requires employers based in the state to provide breaks during a work shift that are sufficient for accessing a meal and breaks for physiological needs. Flight Attendants who were based in California sued Virgin America and won first in federal district court and subsequently at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Without exhausting potential solutions, the Bernstein v. Virgin America ruling from the Court of Appeals suggested some ways a carrier could comply with the statute, including:

Every airline has a system to cover last minute Flight Attendant staffing in the event of operational issues, sick leave, or other unplanned events. Most airlines call this “Reserve,” but at Delta we call it “A-Days” with the unique feature that no one has a schedule of pure A-Days. Management loves to threaten Flight Attendants by saying if we vote for our Flight Attendant union we’ll lose A-Days and be on straight reserve.

FALSE.

Over the past weekend, representatives from 18 airlines represented by AFA met in Las Vegas for the 49th annual AFA Board of Directors (BOD) Convention.

Three Delta AFA Flight Attendant activists – Christina, Tamara, and Tiffany – represented our campaign at the meeting to talk with Flight Attendants around the industry about our organizing campaign. They came away filled with enthusiasm and solidarity.

I’m a Seattle-based Flight Attendant, and I’m about to celebrate my 8-year anniversary at Delta.

In college, I studied commercial aviation and air traffic control. Most of my professors and guest lecturers had been active in aviation, and many shared stories about how important it had been for them to have a union and a contract.

Next month, I will celebrate my eighth anniversary with Delta.

At least, I was supposed to. Now I don’t know whether I’ll be able to work safely, thanks to the purple and gray uniforms and Delta’s unclear and inconsistent policies.

Delta management announced this evening that Flight Attendants will be paid for boarding. It seems they are feeling the heat. Keep going! Every improvement they add now will get locked in when we vote for our union because they can’t retaliate and take it away.

This new policy is the direct result of our organizing—and a desperate attempt to prevent their other new boarding policy (D+40) from creating the kind of anger that it deserves.