It may have been a thinly-veiled dig at Delta, but a tweet by the AFL-CIO – one which featured a guillotine meme – was judged to be in “poor taste” by the organization and swiftly taken down. It is believed that this image was posted as part of an effort to entreat some Delta workers to unionize.
The AFL-CIO has admitted that a tweet that it posted which showed a guillotine meme was in “poor taste”, reports CNN. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which is an AFL-CIO member, is currently entreating ground workers and cabin crew employed by Delta to unionize.
The IAM has criticized Delta for what it says is the carrier’s “all-out assault on their employees’ legally-protected right to unionize” and it is believed that the controversial image was posted as part of its fightback against the airline.
The image posted by the AFL-CIO, as shared by the media outlet, shows the image of a poster made by the airline earlier this week.
According to the outlet, the poster – which features a video game controller – states, “Union dues cost around $700 a year. A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union.”
In the post, the AFL-CIO added a second poster, one that both mocked the one originally featured by Delta and appeared to attack Ed Bastian, the carrier’s CEO.
This featured an image of a guillotine and text which read, “A guillotine only costs $1200 to build. Delta’s CEO made $13.2 million dollars last year. Get outside with your buddies, share some brews—sounds like fun.”
The largest labor organization in the US jokes about murdering CEOs
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Speaking on behalf of the AFL-CIO Carolyn Bobb, a spokesperson for the organization, said, “We strive to keep our Twitter account actively engaging and real to advocate for working people. We came across and shared this Internet meme. We realize it was in poor taste that doesn’t reflect the values of the AFL-CIO and it has been taken down.”
[Image Source: Delta Air Lines]