Pilots are one of the few unionized work groups at Delta. They’re complaining that Delta gave non-union flight attendants a raise by adding pay for boarding time (in addition to their pre-pandemic raise, post-pandemic raise, and special profit-sharing).
However Delta cannot unilaterally change the pay of their pilots. Their pilots literally agreed to – voted on – a contract that paid more for time flying the plane and didn’t calculate pay including boarding time. Not only haven’t pilots made boarding pay a priority, they’ve chosen the current arrangement because it benefits senior union members at the expense of junior ones.
Hey, @TheDailyShow! Fun fact! Did you also know that @Delta_Pilots do not get paid during preflight duties? No pay until the plane doors are shut and the brakes are released.#DeltaPilots #ALPA #InvestInUs https://t.co/J5HN8B1WHA
— Delta Air Lines Pilots (@Delta_Pilots) May 3, 2022
Of course Delta pilots would like more money, as an add-on, raises for everyone as long as it doesn’t compromise the extra pay senior pilots have gotten – at the expense of junior pilots – by negotiating contracts that do not include boarding pay. But for the union to complain about how they’re paid in the union-driven contract is disingenuous in the extreme.
Meanwhile Delta pilots are protesting their union contract over its maternity leave benefits which provide pay and insurance for six to eight weeks. If you want to know why richer maternity benefits haven’t been a union priority in past negotiations, ALPA notes that “[l]ess than 6 percent of Delta’s pilots are female.” but Mother’s Day during contract negotiations makes for a good news hook.