The pilot talked on a mobile device near the Delta Airlines gate at Salt Lake City International Airport.
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The union said on Thursday that Delta Air Lines and its union representing pilots have reached a preliminary cost-cutting agreement that will avoid vacations until January 1
The agreement still requires the approval of Delta’s early 13,000 pilots. The agreement will reduce the minimum guaranteed hours per month by 5%. The company plans to take as many as 1941 pilots on vacation. Airline employees on vacation usually retain the right to be recalled by the company, but given the downturn in the industry during the pandemic, it is unclear.
Earlier this month, American Airlines and United Airlines began to disband more than 30,000 employees. According to the federal government’s $25 billion aid to the department, the carrier cannot lay off employees until October 1. Airlines are seeking other assistance, but the White House and Congress have been unable to reach an agreement on additional coronavirus stimulus packages.
The Atlanta-based airline said that due to flight crews escaping leave, this is due to approximately 18,000 employees, about one-fifth of the employees before the pandemic. They chose to buy out, while thousands of other employees He took unpaid leave. As negotiations with the pilots continue, Delta Air Lines has postponed the planned vacation until November 1.
“Although this agreement still requires [union’s executive council]We are confident that this can help Delta Air Lines better position itself in the recovery from the long and turbulent COVID-19 pandemic. “Delta Air Lines Director of Operations, John Laughter, said in a note to employees.
Delta Air Lines said it will postpone the effective date of the vacation to November 28 so that pilots can vote on the plan.
Southwest Airlines has stated that it will not take vacations this year, but has asked its employees to reduce their salaries by 10% to avoid a salary reduction before 2021.