Third Georgia Congressman Urges Delta Air Lines to Remain Neutral in Union Organizing Campaign

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson Comes Out in Support of Delta Workers

 U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) became the third member of Congress in Georgia to call for Delta Air Lines to create a pathway to ensure workers are free to join the union without fear or interference. Rep. Johnson urged Delta to remain a good-faith partner as these discussions continue and respect the decisions of its employees, regardless of the outcome. 

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) joined the growing call for Delta Air Lines to create a pathway to ensure workers are free to join the union without fear or interference. U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) also wrote a letter to Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian calling on Delta Air Lines to uphold its reputation for excellence and fairness by respecting the rights of its employees to decide on unionization without interference.

“I strongly support all workers’ right to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions and to enjoy the well-earned fruits of their labor,” wrote Johnson in the letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “They deserve to feel seen and heard, and that includes the ability to make a well-informed decision regarding collective bargaining, without fear of retaliation from their employer. I urge Delta to remain a good faith partner as these discussions continue and respect the decision of its employees, regardless of the outcome.

“Congressman Johnson is a champion for working families; his support means a lot to Delta workers living in his district,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “I applaud him for speaking up for what is right and giving his constituents a voice. We hope Delta management listens to Congressman Johnson and other elected officials in their call for neutrality in this campaign.” 

Upwards of 55,000 Delta employees are currently engaged in a campaign to join unions. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is currently organizing Delta ramp, cargo, and tower workers. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) is signing up flight attendants, and the Teamsters are supporting technicians and related crafts.

This third letter from a sitting member of the Georgia Congressional Delegation comes after five more Republican members of Congress penned a letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastian. The Congressional Labor Caucus letter garnered 146 members of Congress to sign on, including Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.).

Delta Air Lines management has threatened employees with termination for union activities. It hosts an anti-union website and distributes literature threatening workers seeking to organize.

Delta Air Lines is the only U.S.-based mainline carrier where a union does not represent flight attendants, fleet service, and mechanics – only 20 percent of Delta workers are unionized. 

Unionized Delta pilots recently endorsed the joint IAM, AFA-CWA, and Teamsters campaign to organize Delta workers. 

Read the complete letter here.

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