The Delta Airlines pilots union has taken the 1st step toward a potential strike, as agreement negotiations with the airline drag on.
Delta Airline pilots
Both sides agree that any potential strike is still a long way off, but a Delta pilot who told Channel 2 anonymously, seemed pessimistic about where the negotiations are handled.
“Those negotiations are creeping along and they’re creeping along at such a snail’s pace that this action was taken,” stated the Delta pilot.
The Delta pilots union said to Channel 2′s Justin Wilson that leadership at the union, known as the ALPA, voted unanimously this month to approve a possible pilot strike vote.
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Despite the union’s green light for a strike vote, so far no ballots have been mailed to the pilots. The union states they would only take that step if negotiations continue to falter.
“Right now, Delta airline and all the other airlines are flying so many flights, they are wearing out all their pilots. They can’t hire enough pilots,” told the Delta pilot. Along with a lighter schedule, pilots also want better pay and benefits.
Delta and ALPA
“Delta pilots are not on strike, so this possible authorization vote in the future will not affect our operation for our passengers. ALPA’s said the purpose of the vote is simply to gain leverage in our pilot contract negotiations, which continue to progress under the regular process set by the Railway Labor Act and in partnership with the National Mediation Board.
Under that federal law, many steps are remaining in the process and many opportunities are left for collaborative negotiations before a strike is even allowed to be considered.
Delta Airlines and Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)have made significant progress in our negotiations and have resolved more than the majority of contract sections. We are confident that the parties will reach a consensual deal that is fair and equitable, as we always have in past negotiations.” But those who depend on Delta for trips, seem worried.
“I just hope they don’t go on strike,” told Delta passenger, Donna Tyree. “It might affect me and what am I going to do then?”
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