US airline Delta tried to convince employees videogames better than unions


Delta airlines counter is seen inside of the Commodore Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

LOS ANGELES: Delta Air Lines tried to convince employees their money is better spent on a new gaming console than union dues in a poster for its anti-union site that has been shared frequently via Twitter in the past few days but seemingly was first spotted and shared by Common Dreams’ Eoin Higgins.

“Union dues cost around US$700 (RM2,915) a year,” bold text on the poster proclaims. “A new videogame system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union.”

Other posters encouraging Delta employees to spend their money on baseball game tickets and a “few rounds” while watching football have also surfaced, with all of the posters advertising the Delta anti-union website, called DontRiskItDontSignIt.com.

The American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations, more commonly known by its acronym, AFL-CIO, also shared the images on Thursday. 

“Videogames, baseball, and football? Really @Delta? Our workers want a voice on the job,” it shared in a tweet.

People are sharing their thoughts on the airline’s attempts to dissuade unionisation efforts on Twitter under the hashtag “GameOverDelta”. Delta’s attempts to squash unionisation efforts come at a time when more and more workers across the country are considering unions, including developers in the videogame industry.

Delta did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment. – Variety/Reuters


   

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