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Instead of spending $700 a year on union dues, spend it on video games, Delta tells employees

Written by Wes Schlagenhauf | Jun 30, 2020 9:28:23 AM

Delta Air Lines is trying to discourage — whoops, misspoke — Delta Air Lines is trolling its employees for trying to unionize, suggesting they use the money they would spend on union dues for video games instead. Seriously?

Seriously — In big blue letters, the Delta-branded poster reads “Union dues cost around $700 a year.” Then, in smaller red print below: “A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union.”

Well… Delta sure sounds like a fun place to work

Some “skill positions” at Delta, like pilots and dispatchers, have union reps while part-timers like cargo and ramp workers do not.

Of course, Delta caps the number of hours they can work and provides them overpriced and almost worthless health insurance. 

Delta loves anti-union propaganda

Last year, when union talks started to take off, Splinter exposed Delta’s union smear, which included a website called “Don’t Risk It. Don’t Sign It,” and posters ranting about the suits profiting off of poor union employees.

Odd claim coming from an international airline that hit $10.5B in revenue and saw profits jump 31% last quarter. 

Delta’s latest eff you is as provocative as it is smug. The message to disgruntled employees, who average around $14.31/hour: shut up and game.