Delta Airlines is facing significant criticism after posters discouraging its staff from joining a union were widely shared online.
“Union dues cost around $700 [£540] a year,” one of the posters states.
“A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union,” it continued.
The posters point to a website featuring Delta branding which encourages workers not to unionise.
Without confirming it produced the posters, a spokesperson for the airline said it had “shared many communications, which on the whole make clear that deciding whether or not to unionise should not be taken lightly.”
Politicians and union representatives were among those to condemn the posters online.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said the posters were “a disgrace”.
“I say to Delta: Stop trying to undercut workers’ right to form a union and negotiate for better wages,” he tweeted.
The pro-union people are permitted to say any outlandish thing they want about the company. They tell the workers how evil the company is… how greedy they are… how selfish they are… how badly they treat employees… and on and on and on. All of this in an effort to encourage people to unionize. But when a company makes the slightest effort to discourage the employees from unionizing, the socialist bullies immediately pounce on them.
No, Bernie, Delta wasn’t trying to “undercut workers’ right(s).” They were merely presenting a counter-argument. That is allowed in a free country, but not in Bernie’s socialist paradise.