In just a few days I’ll be celebrating my seven year anniversary with Delta. Where did the time go? Wasn’t it just yesterday I was a New Hire at the Atlanta Training Center? I flew with another Flight Attendant recently, 40+ years seniority, and we both agreed: time flies when you are having fun!
Eleven years ago, in my hometown of Nebraska, a ground handling position opened at the airport. I had stars in my eyes! My Grandfather, an aviation enthusiast and the one responsible for instilling the love of aviation within me, would have been so proud. I went after that job and got it! As a PSA, I was a ticket agent, worked the gates, and now, a dues-paying member of the IAM. I didn’t see much of the IAM with my time at the airport. I did see my union dues go up. For what, I asked myself? The IAM wasn’t working harder for me, tightening vague contractual language, or improving work conditions. No, they increased dues and still had no presence. I was not impressed.
Ground handling was a start, but I had my eyes set on the skies. When I was working the gates, every time the flight attendant would close the boarding door, I wanted to be on the other side. I applied to work for a regional airline and got the job. The world was my oyster and little did I know I would be embarking on a journey that would set me on a path to a life-long career. Now, rewind to week one of initial training. The chief union steward came to speak to our class. I already had a bad taste with the IAM, but I tried to keep an open mind. I’ll never forget, right off the bat, how the union steward ripped into the company. The union proclaimed the company was not on my side, and the union was my only lifeline. Hold up: I am in week one of training, the job still contingent upon passing training, and the union steward is telling me I work for an airline who is out to get me? I’m technically not even hired, and my job is already on the line! I worked with the regionals for two more years and what I’ll never forget is how the union vilified the company. The barrage of company distrust spewed forth from the union, and it was never-ending.
In 2011, Delta Air Lines hired me. When working for the regionals, Delta was everyone’s first choice. What was rumored about Delta, I can say now with certainty is entirely true. I am a respected employee who is valued. When I go to work, I have 100% confidence I work for an airline who has my back. My voice and my opinion have meaning here – it’s the fabric of who we are. Delta’s foundation is unique, unreplicable, and the envy of the industry. I am not willing to let the IAM disrupt that. I have been there, done that, and now on the other side, I can say, “no thank you.”
We are different, and we are Delta.
I have had a passion for Delta from day one. I am former NW and I have to say for the past 9 years this is the first time I feel respected by my company, I feel Delta management listens and cares about our questions and concerns. We were not treated very well at NW it’s nice feeling I finally have a name vs a number. I love having the opportunity to utilize Deltas open door policy when ever needed. Either my FSM or upper management. I love everything that Delta is about from supporting habitat for humanity to BCRF and getting ready to pull a 757 at the Jet Drag in support of the American cancer society.
Don’t forget Feb 14th Happy Valentine’s Day and a big profit sharing check as well Delta shares with its employees the earnings we made throughout the year. I love the numerous opportunities that exist, doing special assignments from the outstanding training center to being a PBS assist to peer support.
The culture is truly amazing how we take care of each other during good and bad times.
Getting new uniforms also make you feel pretty darn special can’t wait to sport our new Passport Plum and Graphite Gray to the world in May. I feel pretty special to be part of the IFS team and look forward to many more wonderful years here at Delta Air Lines.
I love the saying choose a job that you love and it’s not like working a day of your life and that’s exactly how I feel working here at Delta. Here’s to working for the Best Air Line in the world with outstanding employees and a great leadership team.
Let’s keep climbing friends
I have 43 years with this Company and will continue to support the way we do things at Delta. I feel fortunate to work for the best airline in the world and I value that so much. Our partnership with our Leaders with our open door policy cannot be found with any other carrier. We continue to lead the industry with pay and our benefits.
Delta is truly a unique place to work! I was a member of a union before I came to work for Delta so I was a bit apprehensive about going to work for a non-union airline. After about 4-6 months I realized they listen and continually make progress on improvements. We have become such a large company that it takes a little longer to hear what is the most important to the majority. I love that we have the open door policy! Just remember you do have a voice here at Delta no matter how junior or senior you are and that is what makes Delta a unique place to work for! #DeltaProud