Eoin Higgins/Twitter

Twitter is dragging Delta for its strange anti-union propaganda posters

Delta is suggesting its workers buy video games instead of paying union dues.


Alyse Stanley

Internet Culture

Posted on May 9, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 12:57 pm CDT

You can buy video games and have some fun, or pay for union dues and protect your rights as a worker. Those are apparently the only two choices you have, according to a Delta Air Lines anti-union propaganda poster.

“Union dues cost around $700 a year,” the poster reads. “A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union.”

Delta’s lousy attempt at trying to get its workers to stop unionizing went viral after Common Dreams writer Eoin Higgins tweeted a photo of it Thursday.

In less than 24 hours, it’s racked up more than 2o,000 retweets and nearly 80,000 likes. Many are pointing out one obvious oversight: the most popular video game consoles on the market aren’t even $700.

The poster is directed at Delta’s ramp workers, who are preparing to unionize in order to dispute limits on part-time hours and bargain for better health insurance.

Delta’s anti-union efforts aren’t only limited to posters. The company has an entire website dubbed “Don’t Risk It. Don’t Sign it.” The website is preaching the potential perils of organized labor unions.

People on Twitter are obviously dragging Delta’s latest attempt to encourage its workers not to unionize.

Many are also pointing out other anti-union measures taken by Delta, including two union-busting Android apps to go along with its website. The apps, in the Google Play Store, are being flooded with one-star reviews–along with commenters citing the company’s anti-union stance.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) even weighed in on the scandal by tweeting at Delta to “Stop trying to undercut workers’ right to form a union and negotiate for better wages.” He also pointed out that some ramp workers make $9 per hour whereas the company’s CEO received $22 million in 2017.

The buck doesn’t stop with just one bad Delta poster. A second poster, which was also shared, suggests its workers buy drinks with their football buddies rather than pay for union dues.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Delta Air Lines.


H/T Uproxx

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*First Published: May 9, 2019, 7:33 pm CDT