Delta airline is the first US airline to pay flight attendants for their time spent boarding passengers.
Yes, that’s right… U.S. airlines don’t pay flight attendants until boarding is complete.
And it’s not like they’re not pulling their weight until the doors shut, is it? Because they have the responsibility of seating all passengers, making sure people on board are satisfied and comfortable, checking off any remaining coronavirus measures, and explaining vital safety procedures.
As a result of flight attendants not being paid for boarding time, there’s been some stir amongst attendants attempting to unionize, as per Thrillist…
And this is why Delta has announced that they will be paying cabin crew members from boarding starting from June 2 of this year.
Delta Flight Attendant Union released a statement about the matter too…
“Delta management announced this evening that Flight Attendants will be paid for boarding. It seems they are feeling the heat.
“Keep going! Every improvement they add now will get locked in when we vote for our union because they can’t retaliate and take it away,” they began.
Continuing on, they said: “Delta could have been paying Flight Attendants for boarding all along. And while this is a positive change, Flight Attendants are still being forced to fly more often thanks to short staffing (how many times has management offered IPY this year?!) and the biweekly pay system management imposed on us.”
“Today, let’s celebrate that our organizing is pushing management to do more than they would have without being challenged,” the union continued.
“And let’s double down on our campaign so we can secure a contract that locks in all of these benefits AND ensures we have a say in our pay, benefits, and working conditions every day at Delta,” they finished.
Let’s hope other U.S. airlines follow Delta’s example.
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