MINNEAPOLIS - Contrary to published reports, Delta Air Lines insists a change of vendor to provide cabin service to the company's airplanes will not cost 400 jobs at MSP airport.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported Tuesday that the job cuts would impact 404 employees of DAL Global Services, which lost out on a contract bid to Air Serv. The journal cited a layoff warning letter informing the Minneapolis Department of Employment and Economic Development that the workers would be let go by this coming weekend.
"The contract for the cabin service we provided has been awarded to another vendor," the Journal reports DAL Global President Cyril Turner writing in the letter.
Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant tells KARE 11 that the report is incorrect, and sent a letter from Air Serv Senior Vice President W. Don Stephens as proof. In the letter, Stephens tells Metropolitan Airports Commission Chair Dan Boivin that all DAL employees were told they would be offered jobs with Air Serv, most at the same salary or some at a higher wage.
Durrant says 100 of the employees decided to maintain their employment with DAL in other locations, while the remaining 300 will remain at MSP airport with Air Serv. He said the new vendor will provide those employees with complementary uniforms and a 401(k) plan, something they did not have with DAL.
Air Serv already provides wheel chair, cart driving and skycap services for Delta Air Lines at MSP.