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This webpage is designed to inform, involve, and educate Delta pilot families about contract negotiations and the process ALPA undertakes to achieve a new Pilot Working Agreement. Information on this site is tailored for you.

Check back here often for periodic updates as our negotiations continue.

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The Delta MEC

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A strike is the withdrawal of service by employees.

The strike authorization ballot process, which is governed by ALPA’s Constitution & By-laws, allows pilot members to determine whether a strike is needed to achieve a desirable outcome to negotiations. The Delta MEC must first approve a Strike Authorization Ballot. Once authorized, the ballot is sent to the membership for ratification. 

 To be effective, a strike ballot should have 100% pilot participation with an overwhelming vote in favor of going on strike.

Please review this Engage Podcast and RLA education. The Railway Labor Act (RLA) dictates the timing of when a pilot group may legally go on strike. Only after the prescribed waiting period, known as the “30-day cooling off period” – which itself does not begin until an NMB-declared impasse has been reached and a rejection of a proffer of arbitration has occurred –would the Delta pilots be allowed under the RLA to withhold their services as employees of Delta Air Lines. Prior to that time, any interruption to Delta’s operations would be unlawful. Once the process under the RLA has been fully exhausted, the pilots can then go on strike. Delta would also be able to impose wages and working conditions, and in the case of a strike, hire replacement workers.

It’s important to note that these events would only occur after the Delta MEC has exhausted all available options under the RLA to negotiate an acceptable agreement with Delta management and the mediator determines that the parties have reached an impasse.

Bottom line: Yes. Both the threat of an impending strike, and the successful execution of a strike, can have a powerful effect on our ability to achieve our goals at the negotiating table.

Strikes can vary in duration from hours or days to even months. It usually ends when the parties reach an agreement. For this reason, it is impossible to predict the length of a strike. And while it's important to keep in mind that neither party wants a strike, it is best to be financially prepared to “go the distance” – even if that means a strike lasting more than a few weeks. 

The more prepared the pilot group is the greater the likelihood that a strike will be successful, if one becomes necessary. Although many financial advisors recommend an emergency or rainy day account of at least 3-6 months of expenses, during labor negotiations, it’s not uncommon to find pilots with emergency/strike funds more than twice that level.

Yes, all probationary pilots who have completed OE and at least one revenue flight are expected to participate in the event of a strike. There is existing case law determining that a pilot is not considered an “employee” under the Railway Labor Act until having completed one working revenue flight (not a ferry, maintenance, reposition, etc. flight) as a regular (non-OE or training) crew member. Accordingly, ALPA advises that probationary pilots who have not yet reached that point continue in their training until they complete their first revenue flight.

The Railway Labor Act states that no employee can be fired or otherwise penalized for taking part in any such legal job action or other lawful union activity.

As members of the Air Line Pilots Association, we are all in this together. Remember a strike is an absolute last resort. A strike is also our final and greatest leverage point at the negotiating table. Participation in a strike that has been authorized by all Delta pilot members and called for by your elected union representatives and the Negotiating Committee should not be questioned and is considered a requirement for all pilots.

Performing services to an employer during a strike is grounds for expulsion from ALPA according to Article VIII of the ALPA Constitution & By-laws. By crossing a picket line, a pilot is knowingly undermining the efforts of their fellow pilots to achieve a contract. Pilots who cross a picket line and perform struck work are commonly referred to as “scabs.”

Strikes discussions should not be taken lightly. A pilot on strike will not go to work. A pilot will not be paid while on strike. A strike can be a very stressful time for the pilot and their families. That is why it’s important that you prepare well in advance of a potential strike.
Prepare your family. Inform your family of what we are trying to achieve in this contract and why this negotiation will affect the rest of your career. The improvements we are seeking to achieve in this contract cycle will raise the foundation for every contract in the future. Help your family understand that a short-term sacrifice will create the leverage needed to achieve a contract that will provide valuable returns many times over the lost wages due to a strike.
Prepare financially. Determine how much you need to pay your bills each month and how much you can reduce your expenses. Begin to save NOW with the goal of having at least 3-6 months of cash reserves to ensure you will be more than able to weather a strike.
Stay informed. You are not alone. There are many Delta Pilots who have been through a strike. If you see a Delta pilot with a star above their ALPA wings, that would signify a pilot who has previously been on strike. Use your fellow pilots as a resource. Read your emails, listen to the Engage podcast, tune in to town halls and attend union events. Reach out to your elected union representatives if you have questions and/or concerns.

Engage: Podcast

Listen in to our ENGAGE podcast as well. Find it wherever you get your podcasts. There are multiple episode about striking and the associated process.

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Upcoming Events

The Delta Pilot Network will be hosting two monthly Pilot Unity Building (PUB) event for all pilots and their families in Atlanta.

If the timing works for you, your presence at the PUB event is welcomed and encouraged.

Event Details


Wednesday, October 19
Wednesday, November 2
4-7 pm


Sonesta Select (first floor lobby)
3399 International Blvd
Hapeville, GA 30354


Catered food and beverage will be provided
There is no need to RSVP
Free parking is available

Families are welcome.