Large companies will do almost anything to avoid their workers unionizing.
Worker unions means higher wages, more benefits and, in short, a much better life for the people working for them.
However, it also means less profits for the company, so large corporations like Walmart and Amazon have been shameless in their union-busting, going to extreme lengths to shut down any chance of unionization before it begins.
Many Delta airline workers are currently in the process of joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
Fearing their employees' demands for better conditions may harm their bottom line, Delta has begun an aggressive anti-union campaign that has gone to absolutely shameless lengths to dissuade workers from unionizing.
Common Dreams senior editor Eoin Higgins took a picture of one of Delta's posters and shared it online.
In an incredibly patronizing (and somewhat insulting) tone, the poster seems to suggest to workers that their union dues would be better spent on a new gaming system.
lol fuck off @Delta https://t.co/fMNOeW9uFG— Eoin Higgins (@Eoin Higgins)1557408189.0
Twitter was irate at the poster, many promising to boycott Delta in the future.
Can somebody advise me if there are any airlines considered labor-friendly, or at least not labor-hostile? Have flo… https://t.co/CVOSngCrkR— The Mountain Goats (@The Mountain Goats)1557421527.0
Yep, I’ve flown my last Delta flight https://t.co/Cd0iLkYtl1— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1557408793.0
It should go without saying that a union is better for workers than a gaming system.
I guess @Delta figures you’ll need something to do when you get fired without cause and without redress because you… https://t.co/AAVN5Yebpa— Meagan Hatcher-Mays (@Meagan Hatcher-Mays)1557410326.0
Wow. Delta would give you plenty of time to play video games when they fire you for no good reason because you're a… https://t.co/VZNor8U2D6— RWDSU (@RWDSU)1557412247.0
btw that $700 pays for legal representation if you’re fired or otherwise treated improperly at work (among many oth… https://t.co/wSZMYM5khz— Meagan Hatcher-Mays (@Meagan Hatcher-Mays)1557410579.0
Delta even went so far as to make their own anti-union website.
I didn't think this could be real, but it apparently is -- Delta is running one of the most aggressive anti-union c… https://t.co/2z5QcDzNLl— Lydia DePillis (@Lydia DePillis)1557417682.0
Delta has a whole anti-union website that’s... my god https://t.co/qHQEXBh6c0— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1557408889.0
The website is...really, really something.
“The machinists’ and aerospace workers union doesn’t care about your privacy like we do. Now please sign up here fo… https://t.co/S7igdwVPjo— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1557409029.0
The number on their website goes to an automated reporting hotline run by Navex Global, a third-party company that… https://t.co/OHCtBBONeL— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1557409640.0
Hopefully no Delta workers will be convinced by this lazy, illogical attempt to sway them.
@EoinHiggins_ @andraydomise @Delta Bribing folks with their own money is some kinda something. Hooo boy.— JordanHeath-Rawlings (@JordanHeath-Rawlings)1557408442.0
@EoinHiggins_ @Delta Workers covered by union contracts earn 13.2% more, after adjusting for education, occupation,… https://t.co/Rcakaymd1p— Bobby Kogan (@Bobby Kogan)1557409990.0
Of course, Twitter couldn't help but make a few gaming jokes about the situation.
@EoinHiggins_ @Delta what these people don't understand is that labor activism is the highest form of gameing— Carl Beijer (@Carl Beijer)1557409629.0
@CarlBeijer @Delta Capitalism itself is the final boss you fight in the game of unions— Eoin Higgins (@Eoin Higgins)1557409914.0
@kenklippenstein @LizardRumsfeld @InternetHippo @EoinHiggins_ @Delta hey, guys, just got the latest video game hits… https://t.co/HNnIQ8oGQE— jordan (@jordan)1557409662.0
The entire purpose of a union is to protect its workers.
The same can't be said for the company that employs them.
Delta shows total contempt for unions & total ignorance about what unions have accomplished—It tells its workers it… https://t.co/frKUjkKnVV— Steven Greenhouse (@Steven Greenhouse)1557491914.0
Delta thinks its employees are morons https://t.co/12LkuvvSdV https://t.co/dldFX41CgR— Jalopnik (@Jalopnik)1557487119.0
Know what sounds like fun, @Delta? Earning a fair wage for my labor so I can choose the video game, and afford a ho… https://t.co/yd9Sluf1of— Erin Murphy (@Erin Murphy)1557492443.0
@delta is putting out anti-union propaganda. It's good to see all the responses from people standing up for workers… https://t.co/iQXOSe4y5J— Evan Johnstone🌹 (@Evan Johnstone🌹)1557487024.0
The IAM responded to the ads with a statement of their own:
@Delta Our statement on @Delta's attack on their own employees. #DoBetterDelta https://t.co/2Kby5wTkbu— Machinists Union (@Machinists Union)1557426055.0
It's unclear how many Delta workers will sign up with the IAM, but very few are going to be convinced not to by Delta's union-busting propaganda.