US unions join forces to back IAM Delta campaign

May 24, 2019

Transport unions across the USA are joining forces to back the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in its campaign to organise Delta Air Lines.

Following endorsements from ITF affiliates in North America, earlier this week the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) became the latest union to publicly support the campaign. President Joseph G. DePete wrote to his IAM counterpart, Robert Martinez, expressing the solidarity of Delta’s already-unionised pilots with the ground and cabin crew now seeking union representation.

The campaign has already received a strong boost from the ITF-affiliated Transport Workers Union (TWU) and Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). APFA national president Lori Bassani spoke in support of the campaign at IAM’s recent transportation conference in Las Vegas, as did AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton.

ITF and its affiliates worldwide are supporting the campaign by meeting Delta cabin crew on their international layovers and sharing their experiences of improving aviation companies through unionisation. You can find out more about the campaign here.

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