Travel Chaos Looms As Delta Air Line Pilots Vote To Strike

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November 01, 2022
Delta Air Lines
A Delta A220. Photo: Delta.

Travel chaos looms after Delta Air Lines pilots voted overwhelmingly to strike over stalled pay and conditions contract.

The Strike Authorization Ballot closed with a 96 per cent participation rate and 99 per cent of pilots voting in favor of a strike. The Delta Air Lines pilots are currently working under a 2016 contract and negotiations for a new contract were started in 2019 and then put aside through the pandemic. Negotiations started again in January but have stalled.

Before a strike can take place, the National Mediation Board must first decide that additional mediation efforts would not be productive and offer the parties an opportunity to arbitrate the contract dispute. If either side declines the arbitration, both parties enter a 30-day “cooling off” period, after which pilots and management can engage in self-help—a strike by the union or a lockout by management.

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