February 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

Delta switches contractors at Detroit Metro Airport, current employees to be rehired

Delta Air Lines says all 741 workers who will be laid off my mid-April will be rehired by two new contractors serving the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

"Delta has secured commitments that both firms will hire all individuals currently performing this work as employees of DGS during the April transition,” according to a statement from the airline.

Delta is switching from DAL Global Services to two new contractors: Prospect, which will be responsible for cabin cleaning, and Menzies Aviation, which will handle baggage and marshalling out on the tarmac. The changes only affect regional flights where planes seat between 50 and 76 passengers, said Morgan Durrant, a spokesman for Delta Airlines.

“No loss of employment for any worker is expected as they become employees of Prospect and Menzies,” the company said in its statement.

DAL Global Services, an airline subsidiary, will be making the cuts, according to a document filed by the company with Michigan’s Department of Career Development.

The layoffs will come on or around April 15, the company said. Jobs being cut include 141 cabin service agents, 380 ramp agents, 77 cabin provision agents and 50 ramp supervisors.

According to the document filed with the state on Wednesday, the outgoing provider could also provide assistance for placing laid-off employees in other jobs.

The layoffs only affect staffers at Detroit Metro Airport.

Last year 32.4 million people flew through the airport, said spokesman Michael Conway. He said 18,100 employees work at the airport.

The following is the full statement from Delta Air Lines:

“As a standard course of business, Delta periodically requests proposals from industry firms that perform aircraft cleaning and other functions. Earlier this week, Prospect and Menzies were selected to provide regional aircraft cleaning and regional aircraft ground handling services at its Detroit hub.

Delta has secured commitments that both firms will hire all individuals currently performing this work as employees of DGS during the April transition. No loss of employment for any worker is expected as they become employees of Prospect and Menzies. Delta values the support these individuals bring to serving our customers. The required government notice filed by current provider DGS last week does not clearly state this assurance and Delta apologizes for any misunderstanding caused.”

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