Delta Pilots to Protest Nationwide at Delta Hubs Thursday, Sept. 1
ATLANTA, Ga.—Delta Air Lines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), will conduct informational picketing at Delta hubs nationwide on Thursday, Sept. 1, ahead of the Labor Day holiday to protest protracted contract negotiations.
ALPA began negotiations with Delta management for a new agreement in April 2019. Talks were paused for two years due to the pandemic, resuming in January 2022 under the auspices of the National Mediation Board.
“The Delta pilots were on the frontline during COVID to provide transportation to essential workers. When travel demand returned sooner than expected and management overscheduled the airline, we stepped up to fly historic levels of overtime so our customers could return to the skies. We broke overtime records again in June and July. With Labor Day approaching, our message to Delta management is clear: it’s time to acknowledge your frontline leaders and get serious at the negotiating table,” said Capt. Jason Ambrosi, chair of the Delta ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC).
Hundreds of off-duty pilots are scheduled to attend informational pickets tomorrow at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).
The Delta MEC is preparing for all scenarios permitted under the Railway Labor Act, including a potential job action when authorized. “Contemplating a strike is not something we take lightly, and we can achieve the industry-leading contract that we’ve waited more than three years to achieve. The ball is in Delta management’s court right now. Management must deliver our pilots a contract we have earned or face continued labor uncertainty as we exercise our rights under the law,” said Ambrosi.