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Dec 2, 2003
Delta pilots OK pay cut, prepare for more talks

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/28/05 Pilots at Delta Air Lines approved a second major pay cut in 13 months Wednesday to help their cash-strapped airline survive bankruptcy.
Rank-and-file pilots ratified a union-backed measure that immediately slashes their pay 14 percent. The pay cut comes on top of a 32.5 percent pilot wage drop last year.

The latest concession is part of $3 billion in annual savings Delta is seeking to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.
Delta pilots, once the most highly paid in the airline industry, are now in the middle of the pack and trail cargo carriers FedEx and UPS as well as profitable Southwest — a company that flies much smaller jets. Average yearly pay among Delta's 6,000 pilots now falls to $146,000 from $170,000.
The pay cuts that pilots ratified Wednesday don't solve all the thorny issues facing Delta pilots and managers, however. The two sides will go back to the negotiating table almost immediately to hammer out a comprehensive deal covering pay rates, work rules, pensions and the size and number of jets that Delta affiliates will be allowed to fly.
If the two sides can't reach an overarching agreement on those contentious issues by March 1, Delta pilots and managers could return to court where Delta has sought to throw out the pilot contract and impose terms. Pilots have bluntly told managers they will refuse to work without a contract and threatened a strike that could permanently ground the venerable carrier.
Robert Ashmore, an Atlanta lawyer who has worked for airline clients involved in bankruptcies and high-stakes labor talks, also expects the two sides to avoid a potentially disastrous confrontation.
"Delta pilots don't really want to strike because they have the most to lose," Ashmore said. "They tend to make careful, balanced decisions in matters like this where their careers are at stake. They don't want to put the final nail in Delta's coffin."
—Kirsten Tagami contributed to this article.
Beat me by a minute or so..:0

Delta Pilots Ratify Interim Agreement
Wednesday December 28, 4:13 pm ET
ATLANTA, Dec. 28, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Delta Air Lines confirmed that its pilots ratified an interim agreement today that provides for a 14 percent hourly wage reduction and reductions in other pilot pay and cost items equivalent to approximately an additional 1 percent in pilot pay. The interim agreement will result in pilot cost reductions of approximately $143 million on an annualized basis. The agreement, crafted earlier this month by the company and the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the collective bargaining representative of the company's more than 6,000 pilots, is effective as of Dec. 15, 2005, and will remain in effect while the parties seek to reach a comprehensive agreement.

NO, no arbitration. We still have the ability to strike if we want to. Now the company has to take the $180-220 million a year in pension savings(after dumping it, which will likely happen) into account and combine it with our 14% pay cut savings. The judge is still incharge in the end, and she is watching this carefully, and she has stated we will get credit for certain things, like pension savings, etc.

Bye Bye--General Lee
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Do you honestly think DAL pilots will strike?
Not a chance.
If the company asks for more in the spring, the concession stand will open back up.
I'm embarrassed to be a Delta pilot today.

Not only did this POS TA pass by 58% to 42%, but only 86% of eligible pilots voted. I don't know which is more lame......that it passed, or that 14% of our pilots didn't bother to cast a vote. Just pathetic.
Only the General could find a way to put a positive spin on this. Just another case of a pilot group rolling over. Pathetic! When will any group be willing to draw that line in the sand and say enough is enough. I hope we at Alaska will in a year and a half. But I seriously doubt it. It is an embarasement to work in this industry today. At least the 42% of those that voted still have their self respect. The 13% that didn't even vote, what morons!

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