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DL Employee's Scared? Or Just Happy?  
User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

Hello everyone,

In the past few weeks, I've done some flying on Delta both revenue and non-revenue travel. I've noticed that the employee's at Delta seem to care much more about the passenger than those at United. The flight attendants came across as much more atenitive (sp?) to ones needs, and actually answered the call light.

As you may or may not know, the front line Delta employee's are not unionized. As a result of them not being unionized, they get higher pay, and some argue that they are better treated within the company. Most of the Delta f/a's and CSRs that I've talked with say that Delta is awsome, and that a union would destroy that sence of southern hospitality.

Not to long ago, I flew on a United Shuttle flight, and was talking with the flight attendant working the lead position. He used to work for Delta. He was there for 7 years, and left to go to United. He informed me that the employee's at Delta were in fear of their jobs, and more or less scared into doing a good, and or better job than most of the other majors.

I've also heard of an ex. United flight attendant that left UA to go to work for Delta as the employee groups were happier, and the general morale in the company was a lot higher.

Now my question to you is, are the flight attendants, CSRs and so on at Delta scared because they dont have a union, and thus they try to do a better job so they are not in fear of their job, or are they happier, and thus that happiness is displayed to their customers?

Most of the Delta employee's that i've spoken too says that not being unionzed makes Delta the one of the best companies to work for. Managment treats their employee's as family (or used to), and most of the employee's like going to work, and are not in fear of their jobs.


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User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Well even though I am not a big fan of DL, I think they are better than UAL.

User currently offlineA330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

It's weird huh? DL people are just so much nicer in general than at other carriers at UA. Sure I've had good and a few bad from both, but the feeling at DL is just more cheerful.  Smile

User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

The DL employees are so loyal to their employer that they actually purchased one of the early 767's through payroll deduction during a recession to help the company out.

"In God we trust, everyone else bring data"
User currently offlineExusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

There is a strong esprit de corps amongst the employees at DL. It helps matters some that there is not a union at DL. Specifically, there is a sense of teamwork in place at DL, that allows employees to cross over work boundaries that are clearly set at other carriers.

Gate agents frequently go down to the ramp area to check on gate claim items such as strollers and car seats and bring them up to customers. At union shops, based on my personal experiences, employees are less inclined to cross into another work area.

There is no such excuse as "that's not my job" at DL. Going above and beyond customer expectations is frequently rewarded.

Up until recently, DL employees enjoyed a pay premium compared to their counterparts at other carriers. DL employees will probably resume this position within the next 12-18 months.

Most of the employees generally look forward to going to work. The exception being ATL gate agents driving into work with thunderstorms building in the area.

User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

I've been critical of Delta service, however, a recent trip went a long way to changing those opinions. First, my mother in law was going to AVL, and was originally booked on Comair via CVG. I changed the ticket and routed her thru ATL, but later found that the original Comair flight she was scheduled on was once again operating, so I changed the ticket yet again. I might add that these were deep discounted tickets, yet they never hassled me on the changes and didn't charge a dime in change fees. Upon check-in, the gate agent smiled and gave my mother-in-law her boarding pass...in First Class on the MCI-CVG leg. We met up with her later in the week and flew home from CHS. The crews oon all flights were professional, efficient, and very friendly. They actually seemed to appreciate our business. What a concept. Kudos to Delta, you're getting back to the service you were known for in the past.

User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 922 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Scared? Happy? The other option is smart. There is a big push by the unions to organize Delta's mechanics, and the F/As. Thus far, neither one of these groups have succeeded, though the AFA has made some progress with the F/As. It seems that the farther away from ATL you get, the more the F/As want the AFA to unionize them. However, if they were to take a long hard look, and see where the AFA has gotten F/As at other airlines, United included, they would realize that it would be to their own detriment, and most of them do seem to realize this. If in fact they were to unionize, they should do it as an independent union, which would go a long way towards serving their interests better, as well as maintaining that Delta Family feel. Its funny to hear an F/A at another company say they are scared, while they will tell you that they are for the most part happy. I hope they stayed non-union, or at the very least represent themselves. If these other union groups get into Delta's ranks, it will never be the same carrier again.

A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields
User currently offlinePATM04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

I have always loved DL's service. They have always been friendly and efficient. I can't compare them to many other airlines cuz I have only flown on 2 airlines but they have always been very helpful and compassionate.

User currently offlineSFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1966 times:


You're right about DL employees being more friendly in general. The last time I flew them (Dec 1999) there was a marked difference in the way sexy stews dealt with passengers.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Delta's employee attitudes have changed significantly over the last 5-6 years. Two reasons for this.

1) Leadership 7.5

This was the beginning of the end for the "Delta family". Ron Allen meant well, but the first ever set of major layoffs and cutbacks meant that all the corporate brainwashing in the world could not bring back the mindset they had. Of course, Leo Mullin's subsequent arrival where he was perceived as an outsider to begin with, and certainly wasn't helped by his confidant Warren Jensen's PR debacles. Delta employees finally learned that management doesn't care about them.


No airline can pay their pilots as much as Delta does and still keep non-union staff happy. It is simply impossible. Regardless of how much you pay everyone else, the king's ransom that ALPA extracted will serve to ensure that you WILL see a union at Delta before 2005, most probably among the flight attendants. http://www.deltaafa.org in case you haven't seen it yet. I'll give you better than even odds that the vote will pass this time. Thanks Chuck Giambusso, we can chalk this one up to you.

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