Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Delta Calls on International Association of Machinists to Resolve Representation

/PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) yesterday sent the following letter from Mike Campbell - executive vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations, to Robert Roach, Jr., general vice president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. In the letter, Delta accepts Roach's meeting request and calls for a resolution of the status of the various Northwest Airlines crafts or classes represented by the IAM pre-merger.

Dear Mr. Roach:

This letter is in response to your letter of July 27, 2009, to Richard Anderson, as well as a follow up to our several telephone calls of today and Friday, July 24.

We have agreed to meet next week in Washington, D.C., and I am awaiting confirmation from your office of either Monday, August 3, Tuesday, August 4, or Wednesday, August 5. As I stated, the National Mediation Board has agreed to make offices available for our meeting starting at 9:00 a.m. on whatever day we agree upon.

In your letter, you state that the purpose of our meeting will be to discuss various issues which will help facilitate your determination of single carrier status. As you know, we have taken the position since November 5, 2008, that we constitute a single transportation system. All other pre-merger unions at both DL and NWA have agreed with that position. As recently as yesterday, the AFA filed with the NMB stating "it is AFA's belief that based upon the standards governing the establishment of a single transportation system. . ., Northwest and Delta are now a single transportation system." Of course, in January of this year, the NMB agreed with each pre-merger union that requested a finding of single carrier status.

In view of this history, the IAM is now the only union that has not filed to resolve its post-merger representation status. We are available to discuss whatever subjects you want to raise, but in the end, we want to make clear that the continued post-merger status of the various NWA crafts or classes represented by the IAM pre-merger needs to be resolved.

Finally, with respect to your statement that the IAM has attempted to schedule meetings with Mr. Anderson in the past, we have no record that any IAM official has attempted to contact him or the undersigned to schedule a meeting for the purpose set forth in your letter.

I look forward to a productive meeting next week that starts the process of resolving post-merger representation.


Mike Campbell

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