Delta’s pilots authorize a strike if company negotiations fail

Delta Air Lines is in negotiations with ALPA over a new contract with its pilots.

The pilots have given the union a strike authorization should negotiations fail.

ALPA issued this statement:

Delta Air Lines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike-authorization ballot. With over 96 percent of members participating, 99 percent of Delta pilots authorized union leaders to call a strike, if necessary, to achieve a new contractual agreement with Delta Air Lines.

The Delta pilots are working under pay rates, contractual provisions, and benefits negotiated in 2016. Negotiations for a new agreement began in April 2019, nine months prior to the amendable date of December 2019. Talks entered mediation in February 2020 and were paused in March 2020 for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mediated talks resumed in January 2022.

Before a strike can take place, the National Mediation Board must first decide that additional mediation efforts would not be productive and offer the parties an opportunity to arbitrate the contract dispute. If either side declines the arbitration, both parties enter a 30-day “cooling off” period, after which pilots and management can engage in self-help—a strike by the union or a lockout by management.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N394DX (msn 9125) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 959281.

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