• Asshole Ed Bastian memo: Delta and the school safety debate

    From Support The NRA@21:1/5 to All on Sat May 26 04:55:22 2018
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    Delta CEO Ed Bastian issued this memo to all employees today.
    This week, you have likely seen Delta in coverage of the
    national debate over gun control and security in U.S. schools.
    I want to take the opportunity to update you on how we got here
    and where we stand.

    On Saturday, Delta rescinded a one-time group travel discount
    for the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting, and asked
    the organization to remove our name and logo from their website.
    This decision followed the NRA’s controversial statements after
    the recent school shootings in Florida. Our discounted travel
    benefit for NRA members could be seen as Delta implicitly
    endorsing the NRA. That is not the case.

    I have heard from many of you over the last few days. Our people
    and our customers have a wide range of views on how to increase
    safety in our schools and public places, and we are not taking
    sides. Our objective in removing any implied affiliation with
    the NRA was to remove Delta from this debate.

    While Delta’s intent was to remain neutral, some elected
    officials in Georgia tied our decision to a pending jet fuel tax
    exemption, threatening to eliminate it unless we reversed
    course. Our decision was not made for economic gain and our
    values are not for sale. We are in the process of a review to
    end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive

    None of this changes the fact that our home is Atlanta and we
    are proud and honored to locate our headquarters here. And we
    are supporters of the 2nd Amendment, just as we embrace the
    entire Constitution of the United States.

    I have tremendous respect and admiration for Governor Nathan
    Deal, and thank him for the work he has done on the jet fuel tax
    exemption. He is a great friend to Delta. I know this action by
    the state legislature troubled him as it does all of us.

    I know it is not comfortable to be caught in a highly emotional
    debate, and many of you have received questions from customers.
    We are at our best when we bring our customers and our world
    closer together. Hopefully, our decisions this week will serve
    this ultimate cause.

    I want to thank every one of you for your professionalism and
    continued focus on taking care of our customers every day.



    Meanwhile, all the left-wing communist groups escape unscathed.
    Good job, Ed. May the next Delta jet you fly on crash straight
    into the ground over a concrete factory.

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