Delta Air Lines really doesn't want its flight attendants or ramp and cargo attendants to unionize. That seems to be the reason, at any rate, behind a Delta poster that's causing a ruckus. The poster, tweeted out Thursday by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, shows clip art of a video game controller, noting, "Union dues cost around $700 per year." That's followed by a recommendation that workers put that $700 toward a video game system. The Washington Post notes a second poster is also taking heat, one that suggests workers should take the $700 and spend some nights out "watching football with your buddies" and buying "a few rounds." IAM called the first poster "insulting" in a tweet, adding that "without an IAM contract, many @Delta workers have to work 2-3 jobs just to survive. They have no time to play games."
In a statement, IAM also said Delta was "defaming and spewing lies and misrepresentations" about the union, per NBC News. The Post notes Delta has long been anti-union, and that, via its "Don't Risk It, Don't Sign It" portal, it's trying to keep IAM workers from putting their signatures on union cards; after 50% of the workforce has handed in these signed cards, a vote on the union would be triggered. Some big names also took notice of Delta's attempt. "What a disgrace," tweeted Bernie Sanders, while Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown was more blunt: "Shame on @Delta for this condescending bulls---," he posted. A Delta spokeswoman confirmed that the video game poster was real, adding in a statement that "our employees have the best total compensation in the industry, including the most lucrative profit sharing program in the world." (Read more Delta Air Lines stories.)