ATLANTA, March 20, 2009 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today issued the following memo from Neil Stronach, senior vice president – Operations Control, to the airlines operations control employees regarding today’s meteorologist representation results.
“Today the National Mediation Board notified Delta that our combined meteorologist group has chosen not to have union representation. As a result, we expect that the Northwest Airlines Meteorology Association (NAMA) certification will be terminated.
“This decision will allow us to move forward with a transition plan that aligns the pay, benefits and work rules for our combined meteorologist team. We’ve already agreed to a joint seniority list, which will be implemented as soon as operationally feasible.
“I commend NAMA for their contributions to Northwest and for recognizing the importance of and working with us to quickly resolve union representation and seniority integration issues for the meteorologists. As a result of this partnership and swift action, we’re now able to press forward in our efforts to become one team.
“This is yet another important milestone in Delta’s overall integration efforts. Our team joins the pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians in resolving union representation and seniority integration. Next week, our dispatchers, and likely the Northwest Technical Operations employees represented by ATSA, will be added to this list. And you’ve also probably heard that the seniority integration committees representing pre-merger Delta Flight Attendants, ACS/Cargo, Reservation Sales and TechOps stores employees made recommendations for a fair and equitable seniority integration method.
“All of this work, along with the achievements we’re making with our operational and customer integration initiatives, is helping us bring the two operations together quickly. This will better position us to take advantage of all the merger benefits.
“Thank you for all you do.”
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