Delta Air Strains battles with nation’s largest flight attendant union over shortened Covid sick depart

Flight attendants distribute refreshments to a packed Delta Airlines flight departing from Ronald Regan National Airport to MinneapolisSaint Paul International Airport on Friday, May 21, 2021.

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Delta Airlines sent a cease and desist letter to the country’s largest cabin crew union after its president criticized the company’s reduced sick leave policy for employees with Covid-19.

Last Thursday, Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson tweeted that the union had received “multiple reports” that Delta was “notifying workers in all work groups that they should come to work with symptoms, even if someone in the household tests positive.” She also said positive workers were told “to come to work after 5 days if the fever is below 100.9, even if they still test positive.”

A day later, Peter Carter, Delta’s Chief Legal Officer, mailed the letter to AFA.

“This information is not only false, it is criminal offense because it casts Delta in a highly negative light by suggesting that Delta asked employees to work while they were ill,” Carter’s letter said. “Such irresponsible behavior is inappropriate, defamatory and must be stopped immediately.”

Nelson, whose union does not represent Delta flight attendants but started one organize drive there in November 2019, defending her comments and saying Delta’s policies confused flight crews.

“Delta’s policy now addresses being asymptomatic before returning to work, which was a serious concern since those CDC policies were originally omitted from Delta’s policy announcement,” she wrote to Delta CEO Tuesday Ed Bastian. “But we still get questions from Delta flight attendants about returning to work with a low-grade fever and the fact that Delta’s current policy only recommends testing before returning to work and doesn’t require testing.”

Delta updated its Covid sick leave policy on Dec. 28 to five days off with wage protection — reduced from 10 days — that doesn’t require employees to spend days in their medical banks. Employees can get two extra days if they test positive again on the fifth day.

“Delta has always looked to science to formulate our policies regarding COVID-19,” a Delta spokesman said Tuesday. “We have sent a cease and desist letter because we believe institutions and leaders must speak carefully, truthfully and factually.”

The airline had asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to halve the recommended isolation time for breakout Covid infections to five days, warning of staff shortages and flight cancellations coming later. JetBlue Airways and other airlines asked for the same change. CDC updated its guidance Dec. 27 after relaxing recommendations for healthcare workers.

Cancellations from staff ill with Covid and a series of winter storms topped 20,000 between Christmas and the first week of the year. United Airlines, which has 10 days of wage protection left for crews with Covid, said Tuesday it would further cut its schedule, with 3,000 workers, about 4% of its US employees, testing positive for the coronavirus.

Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines Give employees 10 days of wage protection if they test positive for Covid.

Colts end in sick model as Wentz’s finest shot fails miserably – Delco Occasions

Carson Wentz is the gift Eagles fans keep giving. The former franchise quarterback fell flat on his face on Sunday.

While Jalen Hurts and the Birds enjoyed a glorified goodbye week in preparation for next week’s NFC Super Wild Card game, Wentz gagged in a typical fashion.

Here’s the backstory: The Indianapolis Colts went 9-6 in Week 17. They only had to win one of their last two games to get a post-season spot. First they lost at home to the Raiders, who made the playoffs with their unforgettable overtime win against the Chargers on Sunday night.

All Wentz had to do on Sunday was avoid the Colts’ regular season finale at 2-14 Jacksonville, the laughing stock of the NFL. Instead, Wentz made two costly ball losses against a defense of seven – seven! – All season snack. The Colts were upset, 26-11, their postseason chances flushed down the drain in large part thanks to Wentz’s pathetic performance.

The Colts entered the game as street favorites with 15.5 points. According to Stathead, it was the first time the Colts lost to Joe Namath and the Jets as favorites with at least 14.5 points since Super Bowl III.

Though Wentz has had a decent year statistically, Wentz has revealed in the past two weeks that he’s still the same frustrating guy who throws rash passes, fiddles with the slightest gust of wind, and generally doesn’t have the guts to win big games. Every Eagles fan knows this guy.

After the game, Wentz told reporters that he would have to conduct a soul search in the coming weeks.

“It’s one that I’ll watch long and hard personally,” said Wentz. “Do you know where could I have been better? What could i do? … “

Never trust Wentz when he says he will look for answers on any topic. Wentz, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, told Colt’s Beat writers at training camp that he “weighed a lot” about the vaccine and “needed more information about its long-term effects.” This misinformed “explanation” lends credibility to the idea that Wentz is probably not the type of person to take at their word for anything.

To make things even cuter, by dumping Wentz overboard in the off-season, the Eagles have fleeced the Colts for their number 1 on the 2022 draft. That means the Birds will receive the # 16 overall pick, which is the same as # 15 (via Miami) and their own selection in the # 19-32 area.

Say what you want about Howie Roseman, but he absolutely played the Colts. They’re also on the hook for roughly $ 28 million over the next three seasons. Yes, Wentz threw 27 touchdowns and made the Indy offensive most of the time, but he’s nowhere near the main reason the team started the season 6-2. Most of the credit goes to the Pro Bowl, which is bringing back Jonathan Taylor, who led the league by 1,811 yards. Wentz stayed out of the spotlight until the last two games, failing as often as he did at Philly. Then the real Carson Wentz appeared.

One man who deserves validation is former Eagles trainer Doug Pederson. It is clear that his senior coaching year Wentz had a bad rap who reportedly had too much influence on offense and was too confident to follow basic coaching advice. During Wentz’s disastrous 2020 season, Wentz reportedly named his own audibles on the line of scrimmage several times, despite Pederson and the offensive staff citing what they thought was the best game for the team. We all know how it went, the Eagles finished 4-12 overall and Pederson was dropped at the end of the year.

We hope Pederson gets another chance to head coach next year. He deserves a chance with a starting QB who isn’t as narrow-minded and selfish as Wentz.

Basking in the glory of the Wentz collapse should make Eagles fans smile today. And even if the Birds go one-on-one in the playoffs, they can rest assured that Wentz, who will turn 30 by the end of the year, still has as many post-season wins as he has the COVID-19 vaccination doses: zero.

To contact Matt Smith, send an email to msmith@delcotimes.com.