EA CO AS wrote:
Your linked article states IAM had 18 months of exclusivity. That has expired. Also note the closing sentence:If the IAM cannot succeed within this eighteen-month time period, competition in organizing may then be in the best interest of Delta flight attendants.
Looks like I'm not the only one who believes it may be time for the IAM to move on...
Read the thread. The AFA never adhered to the period charges were filed again in June of 2018 and numerous times after with evidence submitted. The AFLCIO didn’t act till last month this has been explained. And the AFLCIO only permits one union to conduct an active campaign.
The AFLCIO sent a letter to the AFA last month to answer the subsequent charges and the AFA didn’t respond. That’s why.
I have a huge problem with the way the AFL-CIO is behaving here. I get the AFL-CIO bylaws and to an extent I see where the AFL-CIO is coming from. That being said, the rule is flawed and what has happened as a result is at a number of airlines, unions who should not be representing certain groups because there are other unions that are more appropriate for their profession are the ones representing certain groups, and it is doing the membership a huge disservice. For example, at Jet Blue the Flight Attendants are represented by the TWU, which is a union that represents among others Subway workers and doesn't have many flight attendant groups. JetBlue would be far better off under AFA, a union which is solely flight attendants and actually understands flight attendants.
The most obvious example of why this rule is flawed can be seen at American Airlines. Legacy AA mechanics were represented by the aforementioned TWU and Legacy US mechanics by the IAM (the union fighting with the AFA over the Delta FAs). Rather than give the workers a say in which union would represent the mechanics going forward, Richard Trumka decided that the unions shouldn't fight each other and thus without any democratic input, put together the Association, which was certified by the NMB without a vote. I don't think there are but a handful of people at American Airlines today who would say that the association is representing them at all, and if you look five years after the merger, no groups represented by the association have a JCBA, and it seems like one group is stalling to benefit their guys at the expense of another. Much has been written about this in other threads.
As for the Delta FAs. I don't think being represented by a Union would change the culture too much. If you look at the way Delta hires, the people they hire fit into the culture. That wont change with a Union. The question the Delta FAs have to ask is, if stuff does go wrong in the future, would the company have their back or not? While Unions are flawed and not perfect, there are many protections that having a union would benefit, and for a group the size of the FAs, collectively bargaining is really the best way to go.
That also being said, let the FAs decide their own union, and honestly the AFL-CIOs actions here are going to do more harm than good at a time when Unions are resurging and having a more positive impact for their membership. My vote would be AFA if I were an FA. I do not think the IAM should be in the business of representing flight attendants, and you can ask the American Airlines workers what they think of the IAM.