ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines pilots have easily approved a new contract that raises salaries by more than 30% over four years, potentially leading to similar deals for union pilots at other major U.S. airlines.
According to the Airline Pilots Association, 78% of Delta pilots who voted supported the deal. Delta has approximately 15,000 pilots.
Smaller airlines face a shortage of pilots as major airlines recruit from the ranks. Unions have gained the power to negotiate significant wage increases. Cumulatively, the deal with Delta could see him in a $7 billion pay raise, according to the union.
The ratification comes after a picket by pilots last summer, about six months after Delta’s pilots voted to approve the strike.
“This industry-leading contract is a direct result of the unity and determination of Delta’s pilots,” said pilot and union officer Darren Hartman.
The deal “recognizes the pilot’s contribution to Delta,” said John Rafter, the Atlanta-based airline’s director of operations. He said the airlines have set out to reach an agreement to keep Delta as the premier destination for airline employees.
The deal goes into effect Thursday and runs through 2026, subject to amendment. Federal law does not expire union agreements in the airline industry.
https://www.npr.org/2023/03/02/1160562130/delta-air-lines-pilots-approve-contract-to-raise-pay-by-more-than-30 Delta pilots approve deal to raise wages by more than 30% : NPR