Washington, D.C., October 29, 2014 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)-affiliated unions from the SkyTeam airline alliance today held strategic meetings and informational picketing at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta’s largest hub, to support Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants’ campaign for IAM representation.
ITF-affiliate unions from Europe, South America and Africa, representing tens of thousands of workers at Delta’s SkyTeam partner airlines, threw their support behind the IAM Delta campaign and vowed to mobilize globally to ensure Delta Flight Attendants gain a voice in their future.
“The ITF is here today to show Delta Flight Attendants that their campaign has the backing of the largest transportation worker federation in the world,” said ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton. “Delta Flight Attendants’ fight for union representation is our fight. The ITF is prepared to aid this historic movement in every way possible.”
The Delta Flight Attendants’ campaign for IAM representation began approximately two years ago, spurred by hundreds of Flight Attendant activists.
“I thank my ITF sisters and brothers for supporting the Delta Flight Attendant’s historic campaign,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “As we move this process forward to a successful conclusion, the ITF’s international participation will be invaluable. Delta is a global airline, and that’s why we’re running a global organizing campaign.”
“Today’s meetings and events were inspiring,” said 33-year Delta Flight Attendant Cindy Allen. “It was amazing to meet with unionized SkyTeam workers and know they will do everything in their power to help us win this campaign.”
The IAM is the world’s largest airline union. More information about the IAM’s campaign at Delta Air Lines is available at www.iamdelta.net. The ITF represents more than 4.6 million members of 708 unions in 151 countries across the globe. More information about the ITF is available at www.itfglobal.org.