Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Airline Update

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Airline Update

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After 19 months of negotiations, Delta Air Lines and the Air Line Pilots Association agreed to a 54-month contract, covering some 7,400 pilots. The pact reportedly will make the Delta pilots the highest paid pilot group in the industry.

The pact calls for average wage increases of 12.5 percent over the term of the contract, with "B-scale" (less senior) pilots getting 40 percent over term. The accord also shortened to 3 years (previously, 5 years) the time it takes B-scale pilots to reach the pay of "A-scale" (more senior) pilots. (Delta pilots now reportedly will have the shortest time in the industry to reach the A-scale.) This two-tier wage scale was the major issue in dispute. Other terms include a 5-hour increase (to 80 hours) in maximum flying time, and changes in the training system to make it more efficient.

Elsewhere, negotiators for British Airways and the Machinists entered into a 4-year collective bargaining agreement that guarantees job security for the life of the contract. The agreement covers about 1,400 airline workers (reservation clerks, passenger service agents, telecommunications workers, and mechanics) based in the United States. The prior contract expired in June 1987.

The pact calls for general wage increases of 5 percent retroactive to January 1, 1990, 4 percent on December 31, 1990, 4. …

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