Delta pilots picket at Atlanta airport, nationwide ahead of Labor Day weekend

Delta Pilots picket line at Atlanta airport.
Delta Pilots picket line at Atlanta airport.(CBS46)
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 11:38 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Thousands of Delta Airline Pilots took to the picket lines nationwide on Thursday to send a message to Delta management and Labor Day travelers that they want a new contract.

Delta Pilots and the Air Line Pilot Association claim that Delta Pilots have been working under a contract agreement that was negotiated in 2016 and they want a new deal that improves working conditions and benefits for Delta Pilots.

“It’s time to get serious at the bargaining table for the contract pilots are on it’s not just about pay, its about quality of life our schedules have never been worse.” Delta Pilot and Union Chairman, Captain Jason Ambrosi said, Delta is dragging their wings through key economic negotiation items pilots want to see in their new contracts.

“Its about retirement, it’s also about job protection and making sure Delta passengers are flown by Delta pilots.”

On Thursday more than 400 off-duty Delta pilots stood in solidarity outside the South Terminal of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to protest the current contract.

Hartsfield-Jackson was not the only major hub where pilots were participating in the protest. Pilots who make up other major airport hubs in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City, also protested outside airport terminals.

This all comes after Delta Airline Pilots picketed in June after many of them complained they were stressed out and overworked.

“Delta pilots are continuing to fly record amounts of overtime,” Captain Ambrosi said.

Despite the number of pilots who protested Thursday, Delta told CBS46 that there were no disruptions to airline travel during the busy Labor Day weekend.