Vicious Truths – Delta F/A e-mail Newsletter # 4 May 29, 2001
IS TOO WEAK A WORD…
Here’s another beaut from the gaggle of pro-afa F/As e-mail network.
In a meandering diatribe that is intended to trash Delta, but is more
likely to convince F/As she has bats in her belfry, she says:
From as far back as
1989, I was begging management to not allow customs to tell translators that we
had hired that they MUST translate what was being told to them by Custom’s [sic]
officials. They were being told
back as far as then [by customs officials] that “you tell them if
they don’t cooperate, that we are going to take them out back and shoot them.” Our translators used to come up from customs crying because
they didn’t want to say things like that to our passengers.
When I complained to management, I was told to mind my own business, and
that we were to cooperate fully with customs.
don’t doubt that she was told to mind her own business after making such a
wacky claim. This is the same genius we quoted in our 38th letter:
“Would you like to
be a guest on the 60-Minutes or 20/20 investigation that may be produced and
aired concerning Delta’s employment practices…Would you like to sit there as
a long list of flight attendants who were harassed by their supervisors and
then killed themselves or died on a lay-over because of the intimidation and
threats to work, are read out loud with pictures of the dead shown on
really takes a fertile mind to conclude that customs was mandating that people
be told to cooperate or we were “going
to take them out back and shoot them.”
It takes an even more fertile mind to come up with “a long list of
flight attendants who…killed themselves or died on a lay-over.” Her mind is obviously very fertile – but only in the
kind of drivel is so preposterous we’d simply laugh it off, were it not for
one thing. The people taking the
lead in the afa’s campaign are almost certain to end up in union leadership if
the afa prevails. Would anyone want
someone like this calling the shots for them?
In e-Truths #1 we quoted
a self-proclaimed spokesperson (“General Custer”) complaining about being
asked “to do things I am not supposed to have to do if they are short
people or the weather gets bad.” The afa repeated most of his silly drivel
in a recent flyer, editing it so it didn’t sound quite so absurd, but
retaining this comment which we referred to as “the union version of post
graduate economic ignorance.” In
light of that, you may find an e-mail we’ve just received interesting:
I asked my husband, who
is a pilot with Southwest, if their flight attendants ever get jerked around in
irregular operations and made to fly overtime, etc. and he said ABSOLUTELY!!!
They get jerked around ANY time the company feels they HAVE to do that!!! (And
so do pilots!). Unions don’t
protect us from that…they can’t just shut down and leave pax stranded.
unions don’t seem to object to taking care of pax, just the afa. She went on
…also, just commuted
home on Southwest and the flight attendants working that flight asked me if a
union vote was up and coming…they said “DON’T DO IT!!!!”
All 3 came and told me how unhappy they were with theirs and they are
STUCK with them!!!
brings to mind comments we received from another Delta F/A a while back:
My crew shared a van the
other night to the hotel with a SW crew. On
of my F/As was pregnant as well as one of theirs.
They (the two preggers) started swapping maternity benefit info and the
SW crew almost fainted when they heard how good ours is. Did you know that (in order to get full pay or ANY pay) THEY
MUST FLY UP UNTIL 1 WEEK BEFORE THEIR DELIVERY DATE!! When our girl said – Oh, so you’d just have to use
disability?? They looked at us like “What’s that???”
SHUT THE DOOR ON [WHOSE] FUTURE?
In a flyer (prophetically?) called “FINAL Boarding Call,” the afa
tries yet again to frighten F/As into joining and concludes by saying:
“It doesn’t have to be that way.
You can take control over your future.
And take a giant step towards putting worries about job security,
benefits, retirement, scheduling and pay behind you.” Are
we supposed to be worried because:
These things are certainly worth worrying about
and we do worry about them. We are
definitely worried about losing them if the afa gets in.
The afa’s “FINAL Boarding Call” also proclaims “Don’t Shut
the Door on YOUR future,” but if any F/As think it is our future
the afa is really worried about, we’d like to interest them in a
pre-fabricated igloo manufacturer in Arizona.
RIP UP THOSE CARDS!!!
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