The Teamsters and a coalition of unions gathered in Atlanta as they organize and take on Delta Air Lines.
Teamsters Southern Region Coordinator Wamon Hock joined members and representatives from the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The strategy session was hosted by the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC), a unit of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).
“Our three unions are working together as a coalition on the ground, knocking on thousands of doors and talking with workers at Delta who are excited to form their union and ultimately bargain a contract that protects their rights at work,” Hock said.
There are 16,700 Delta pilots who are members of ALPA and about 500 dispatchers who are with the Professional Air Flight Control Association (PAFCA).
But there are more than 45,000 workers at Delta who are without union representation. The Teamsters are organizing Delta technicians, while AFA is signing up flight attendants, and IAM is supporting ramp, cargo, and tower workers in forming their union.
The Teamsters are seeking to represent technicians at Delta with a worker-driven, bottom-up organizing model that has proven to be successful at well-known carriers like Allegiant Air and United Airlines.
The three unions in the coalition are sharing tactics with one another so together they can address the unique challenges faced by Delta workers, educate them on the benefits of union contracts, and mobilize to demand better working conditions and representation.