Tomorrow is a big day for Delta pilots as they ask for federal mediation to help get a contract with Delta Air Lines. The press is pushing that they are asking for a 40% raise but that sound bite does not take into account much that has been lost during the lean years like the pay cuts they took as well as lost pension and more.
But this begs the question, how long will it be before we see Delta pilots picketing outside Delta hubs? I bet we will see it sooner than later. Does that mean a pilot strike is far behind? Notice what the Delta MEC Chairman said recently:
“…Last week your MEC confirmed the chairman of our Strike Preparedness Committee, Captain Mark McClain, assisted by Captain Mark Thompson. The MEC also passed an enabling resolution to request a five million dollar allocation from ALPA’s Major Contingency Fund. They have a lot of work to do, and will need volunteers! The Strike Preparedness Committee is the one committee of which we are all a part – only our individual roles vary. Regardless of your time at Delta, start saving and building your family’s strike fund.” – Delta pilots Chairman’s Letter 20MARCH16
In other words, we are FAR from seeing any kind of strike action if ever. There are so many things that would have to fall in line for this to happen not to mention that the government may not even let them strike.
What I could see happening are things like work slow downs and more impacting us much sooner than any kind of strike. To me that would upset Delta more than anything as Delta touts their on-time performance more than anything.
I will say openly that I stand behind the fine men and women who fly Delta jets. I personally feel Delta has been as harsh to them as they have been to SkyMiles and Medallion members. I hope the pilots stick to what they are due and I will not say one harsh word if my travel is impacted by actions taken by pilots to get what they are due. I just wish we as flyers could stand up the same way but with only 3 real airline choices remaining it is hard to “all” switch to another airline and vote with our wallets.
I personally make it a point to tell Delta pilots each time I fly that as a Delta Diamond I support them and thank them for what they do for Delta (and have done for that matter).
What do you think about the current situation with the pilots. Do you think it will come to a strike one day? Do you agree with Delta or the pilots on the contract? Who would you blame if your travel is impacted due to stuck negotiations? – René