Delta Asks Employees to Work For Free

I must be losing my mind. I could have sworn that the local paper had an article this morning about Delta asking employees to volunteer off-the-clock to clean their planes. I assumed it was a reprinted AP story, but I can't find mention of it anywhere.

The idea is interesting because I'm sure management will remember who volunteered to clean and who didn't. Employees thus have social pressure to work for no pay, even if they don't really want to. I'm not sure if it was meant to be a temporary thing or long-term solution to Delta's cost problems, but it isn't a very good one either way.

I'll post the link if I ever find it, or please send it to me if you come across something.

UPDATE: Thanks to Mike for the story link. Here is an excerpt:

Now, the nation's No. 3 airline is asking its 50,000 employees to volunteer to clean aircraft at night on their own time. Their reward: a free T-shirt, reward points good for merchandise and a chance to show their pride in the airline.

An undetermined number of workers cleaned planes at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Wednesday night, Delta spokeswoman Gina Laughlin said. CVG is Delta's second largest hub.

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  • Mike

    Try this…

    Hey, it’s not so bad… It looks like they get a free t-shirt out of it ;)

  • Randy

    Are these folks at Delta for real? Even if we put aside the “litmus test” of “who did/who didn’t” volunteer, the impression this might leave with the public is that “our maintenance is understaffed.” Can you honestly say you could fly Delta and not be concerned?