Delta and Pilot Union attain tentative settlement to keep away from trip till 2022

A pilot speaks on a mobile device near a Delta Air Lines boarding gate at Salt Lake City International Airport.

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Delta Air Lines and the union that represents their pilots have reached a tentative cost-cutting agreement to avoid vacation until January 1, 2022, the union said on Thursday.

The deal has yet to be approved by Delta’s early 13,000 pilots. The agreement would reduce the minimum guaranteed monthly hours by 5%. The company had planned to take leave of up to 1,941 pilots. Airline employees who are on leave generally retain the right to be called back by the company. However, given the industry downturn in the pandemic, it is not clear when that might be the case.

American Airlines and United Airlines started employing more than 30,000 people earlier this month. Aviation companies were banned from shedding jobs until October 1 on condition of $ 25 billion in federal aid to the sector. Airlines are seeking additional help, but the White House and Congress have failed to reach an agreement on an additional coronavirus stimulus package.

The Atlanta-based airline said its other frontline workers like flight attendants have escaped vacation thanks to around 18,000 employees, roughly a fifth of its pre-pandemic employees who opted for buyouts, while thousands of others have escaped unpaid leave took. Delta had postponed planned vacation days to November 1st as negotiations with the pilots continued.

“While this agreement is still being approved by the [union’s executive council]We are confident that this can help Delta become better positioned through the long and troubled recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic, “said John Laughter, Delta’s chief of operations, in a statement to employees.

Delta said it would postpone the effective date of the vacation until November 28 to allow pilots to vote on the plan.

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will not be taking vacation days this year, but has asked its employees to make 10% wage cuts to avoid cuts through 2021.

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