Delta and United pilots picket airports ahead of Labor Day weekend

Delta and United pilots picket airports ahead of Labor Day weekend
Delta and United pilots picket airports ahead of Labor Day weekend

Pilots are picketing more than a dozen airports across the country on Thursday ahead of the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Why is this important: Pilots are demanding better working conditions and benefits amid a summer of ‘revenge travel’ that has left airlines scrambling to cancel, delay and rebook flights.

Details: The Air Line Pilots Association says furloughed pilots are holding “information” picket events Thursday at airports across the country ahead of the holiday weekend.

  • These pickets took place at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC.
  • Pilots from Delta, Endeavour, JetBlue, Sun Country, Spirit and United airlines participated, ALPA said. It is not known whether pilots from other airlines have joined the picket lines.
  • ALPA did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

What they say : “When ALPA pilots stand together in support of common goals, people notice it – our airlines notice it,” ALPA said in a statement.

  • “That’s why on September 1, we’re asking all ALPA pilots to join us for an ALPA-wide information picket to show the public, our legislators, and our airlines that all airline pilots stand together in support of the profession’s goal of improved working conditions and benefits.”

To note: These pickets should not delay travel schedules since the pilots will be off shift, according to NBC News.

Rollback: More than 1,200 Delta pilots and staff staged protests in June calling for increased pay, benefits and work-life balance, NPR reports.

The big picture: The pilots have expressed concern about pay and their current schedules. They have also faced fatigue in recent months due to an ongoing shortage of pilots, writes Michael Mooney of Axios.

  • ABC News reports that the United States will lose about half of its retired pilots over the next 15 years.

The bottom line: “We want to make sure that we are recognized and acknowledged,” Captain Javier Ramos, one of the pilots protesting in Orlando, told Click Orlando. “Our message is clear: take us into consideration as we all negotiate our next collective agreement.”

Go further: Canceled flights complicate fall travel

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