Delta Air Lines Union Coalition’s Organizing Campaign Highlighted at ILCA 2023 Convention

The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) held its much-anticipated bi-annual convention in San Diego from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2023. This marks the first in-person gathering since the onset of the pandemic, underscoring ILCA’s commitment to fostering collaboration and sharing best practices among labor communicators globally.

ILCA, an allied organization of the AFL-CIO, plays a pivotal role in supporting labor communicators in North America. The convention featured case studies on the most significant strikes in 2023 from the frontlines of labor, diverse sessions, and panel discussions on “Communicating in the 21st Century Labor Movement – Organizing for the Future.”
The convention also celebrated outstanding achievements in labor communications at the ILCA Labor Media Awards Luncheon.

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The IAM Air Transport Territory participated in a workshop on effective communications strategies for organizing at Delta Air Lines with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The panel workshop provided practical insights and strategies for effective communication in the organizing campaign at Delta Air Lines. It included a panel discussion with communicators from The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
“Communications play a crucial role in the joint organizing campaign at Delta Air Lines,” said IAM Air Transport General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “It’s our most powerful tool to build a strong and united front. Our collaboration with AFA-CWA and the Teamsters exemplifies the strength of solidarity in the labor movement as we fight Delta’s union-busting tactics. We must continue to share the message that Delta’s hard-working employees deserve the protections of a strong union contract.”


In addition to workshops on digital organizing, media relations, and social media, the convention featured a special session with labor delegates from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. on “Where are We and Where are We Going? The State of the Labor Movement Across North America.”

Labor communicators, journalists, and advocates used the convention to engage with industry leaders and contribute to advancing labor communications.


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