Delta pilots protest at Atlanta airport ahead of Labor Day holiday
Delta pilots protested outside Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday, complaining of fatigue and hours before Labor Day weekend.
Delta pilots organized sporadic protests throughout 2022, with their largest demonstration in Independence Day week.
“As pilots, we’re past fatigue – they’re trying to get us to fly to the limit,” Allied Pilots Association president Dennis Tajer said in June.
Flight attendants joined pilots in their protests earlier this year. The pilots have not negotiated a new contract with the company since 2016.
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“Flight attendants stand with Delta pilots as they sit down for a fair contract. Flight attendants organize because we want the right to negotiate a contract too,” Nelson told FOX Business. “For far too long, Delta pilots have essentially had to negotiate for all the workers in Delta. It’s time to change that.”
Delta noted that its current contract with pilots is among the best in the industry in a statement released in July. However, renegotiation talks are underway.
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“Our goal remains to continue to provide Delta pilots with an industry-leading comprehensive contract with the best compensation based on pay, retirement, work rules and profit sharing,” Delta said at the time. “We are also committed to ensuring that contract language underpins our ability to run a world-class operation, maintain a strong balance sheet, and invest in our business for our customers and employees alike.”
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