Delta’s Pilots Authorize Strike

The 6,000 pilots at Delta Air Lines authorized a strike yesterday by an overwhelming margin.  An arbitration panel is expected to issue a ruling on April 15 on whether the pilots’ contract can be voided–the pilots union said that despite the binding nature of the arbitration panel’s findings, they will strike if it rules against them.  This deadline gives the two sides a bit over a week to come to an agreement.  Currently, Delta has requested $305 million in pay cuts while the union has offered $140 million.

A strike would likely force the liquidation of the carrier, so I’m not expecting that to happen.  I would still book on Delta for upcoming flights.

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