MORE PROOF HAVING UNION REPRESENTATION PAYS
Recently, unionized Delta Air Lines Pilots reached agreement on a new industry-best contract. In a statement, Delta management said the tentative deal is an “industry-leading package of pay, benefits and work rules.” The union’s Chairman said the agreement “achieves the goal of advancing the profession… (and) recognizes and rewards the Delta Pilot group for the daily contributions we make to Delta’s financial success.”
The agreement is more proof that union representation, and having the legal right to vote on one’s terms of employment, pays. Specifically, the tentative agreement maintains the pilots’ profit sharing plan after they rejected Delta management’s proposal to cut the group’s profit sharing formula over a year ago.
As you know, we do not have the right to collective bargaining and the consequent right to reject terms of employment that we deem unacceptable, all because we have yet to form a union of Delta Ramp workers. It could not be any clearer that the time is NOW for us to unionize and attain the industry-best contract we deserve.
Below are highlights of the Delta Pilots tentative agreement:
TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT
- Over $3.8 billion added to the pilot contract over the term of the agreement. (Contract amendable on Dec. 31, 2019)
- Pilots to receive over 30 percent in cumulative base rate pay increase over the term of the agreement.
- Full retro pay from January 1, 2016.
- No change to the current profit sharing program, which will remain 10 percent of profits up to $2.5 billion and 20 percent above $2.5 billion.
VACATION AND SICK PAY
- 270:00 annual Sick Leave accrual for pilots.
- Pilot Medical Note Required only after using >100:00/12-mo; reimbursed for medical expenses if medical note required.
- Pilots TA: 16% company provided contribution to retirement saving program. (No match required).