January 31, 2024
On behalf of our affiliated unions representing hundreds of thousands of airline workers, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) urges you to join Congressional Labor Caucus co-chairs Mark Pocan (D-WI), Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), along with Caucus member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), in a letter (below) to support workers at Delta Air Lines.
The letter urges the leadership of Delta Air Lines to pledge not to interfere in any union organizing activities by adopting a neutrality agreement. Your support would send a clear signal that workers should have the right and ability to organize to form a union, rights that must be respected at Delta Air Lines. This neutrality agreement would free about 55,000 workers – from flight attendants and mechanics to ramp, cargo, and tower workers – from intimidation and allow them a pathway to join a union and collectively bargain if they wish.
As the nation’s largest transportation labor federation, TTD represents hundreds of thousands of workers who build, operate, and maintain our transportation network across the United States. We thank Members for their consideration of working peoples’ perspective in this matter and urge you to join the Congressional Labor Caucus in support of Delta workers and their efforts to form a union. Please contact Tommy Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 870-8438 to sign on. The deadline to sign on is Friday, Feb. 9, 2024.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to TTD’s Legislative Representative, Lianne Endo, at email@example.com.
Greg Regan, President
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Labor Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Donald Norcross, Mark Pocan, and Debbie Dingell invite you to sign the below letter encouraging Delta Airlines to adopt a neutrality agreement towards the ongoing campaign by its employees to form a union.
As you may know, Delta employees have been leading a coordinated campaign to form a union since November 2022, including among Delta flight attendants, fleet service workers, and technicians. Delta is the largest nonunion airline in the United States, and the company has a history of utilizing anti-union tactics and is again facing allegations of union-busting in response to this current organizing campaign.
This letter simply encourages Delta to respect the voices of its employees by pledging not to interfere in any union organizing activities by adopting a neutrality agreement. A neutrality agreement consists of an employer agreeing not to engage in pre-election activities that influence workers’ freedom to form a union, and the letter emphasizes that a neutrality agreement is the bare minimum that Delta should meet to respect the rights of its employees.
The deadline to sign onto this letter is Friday, February 9. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Tommy Wolfe, Executive Director of the Congressional Labor Caucus, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 870-8438.
Donald Norcross Mark Pocan Debbie Dingell
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress
Dear Mr. Bastian:
We are writing regarding the efforts of Delta employees to organize a union and to encourage Delta to respect the voices of your employees, our constituents, by pledging not to interfere in any union organizing activities by adopting a neutrality agreement.
We understand that Delta employees announced a coordinated campaign to organize a union in November 2022, including among Delta flight attendants, fleet service workers, and technicians.
Unfortunately, our constituents have written to us about Delta’s long history of deploying union-busting tactics, including by threatening employees with termination of their benefits, distributing anti-union literature, and hosting an anti-union website. These retaliatory actions are hostile to workers’ rights, and we urge you to commit to implementing a neutrality agreement with regard to these union organizing efforts.
A neutrality agreement simply consists of an employer agreeing not to engage in pre-election activities that influence workers’ freedom to form a union. Your commitment to neutrality would ensure that management does not pressure workers into voting against unionization or delaying the election process. We believe a neutrality agreement is the bare minimum standard that Delta should meet in respecting workers’ rights and to comply with the Railway Labor Act’s directive to not “interfere… influence or coerce” its employees in their choice of representative.
All workers should have the free and fair choice to join a union, as is required by law. We strongly urge you to adopt a neutrality agreement with regards to any efforts by your employees to unionize and to commit to negotiating in good faith if your employees do choose to form a union.
Thank you for your time and attention to these important issues.