Message from the MECP
Social media was abuzz yesterday with the news that Delta Air Lines management would begin paying Delta Flight Attendants boarding pay, effective June 2022, at fifty percent (50%) of their flight time (i.e., block) pay rate. Delta management’s decision to implement boarding pay is unquestionably connected to AFA’s continuing efforts to organize Delta Flight Attendants. Unfortunately, Delta management could unilaterally end boarding pay at their sole discretion until such time that Delta Flight Attendants vote for union representation.
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Regardless of the underlying circumstances, the implementation of boarding pay for cabin crew at a major airline has major implications for collective bargaining in the US aviation industry going forward–including our upcoming negotiations. Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants definitely deserve boarding pay, and boarding pay will be in our opening proposal to management!
Note: Some Flight Attendants have a misconception that the Railway Labor Act (RLA) prevents us from negotiating boarding pay or otherwise receiving compensation for boarding, but there is no such prohibition. This misconception is likely related to confusion about how minimum wage (and overtime pay) requirements are applied under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to employees of an air carrier subject to the provisions of Title II of the RLA when such employees are engaged in duties related to air transportation.