Georgia Congresswoman Nikema Williams Stands in Support of Delta Air Lines Union Coalition’s Organizing Campaign

Mar 2, 2024 | Air Transport, Politics & Legislative News

ATLANTA, March 2, 2024 – U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams (D-Ga.) has voiced her staunch support for the ongoing organizing efforts of the Delta Air Lines union coalition. As the representative of the “Fighting Fifth” Congressional District, she represents both the international headquarters of Delta Air Lines and thousands of Delta employees.

In a letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastian, Willams underscores the significance of supporting workers’ rights and the broader Atlanta community. 

Her Georgia colleagues, U.S. Reps. David Scott, Sanford Bishop and Hank Johnson have also called on Delta Air Lines and CEO Ed Bastian to create a pathway to ensure Delta workers are free to join the union without fear or interference. 

The support from members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation comes after a Congressional Labor Caucus letter that garnered 146 members of Congress to sign on, including Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.). Five other Republican members of Congress also penned a letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastian.

Williams, a union member, recently participated at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Labor Caucus workers’ roundtable to hear about Delta Air Lines workers’ organizing and collective bargaining efforts.

The worker roundtable discussion was hosted by the Congressional Labor Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.). 

“I have recently heard from the various unions about their organizing efforts and want to make clear my support for workers – many of whom are myconstituents – to be free to make their own decisions regarding unionization without fear of retaliation or intimidation from either management or their peers,” wrote Williams in her letter to Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “I urge you to continue to adhere to the non-interference requirements of the Railway Labor Act and to take any allegations of interference seriously.”

“We are grateful for Rep. Williams’ solidarity with Delta workers,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “Her commitment to ensuring workers’ voices are heard and respected is crucial in our fight for fairness and dignity in the workplace. Her constituents at Delta Air Lines deserve a fair shake at improving their lives.”

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.

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. 

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries. | @MachinistsUnion




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