June 11, 2001
ALPA pilots picket to support striking Comair pilots, protest airlines' "second-tier" pilot compensation
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX -- Pilots of Atlantic Southeast Airlines organized an informational-picketing demonstration to take place 11 a.m. 1 p.m. today in front of the airport's Terminal E. The demonstration will show support for the pilots of Comair, now in the 77th day of their labor strike.
The pilots of ASA -- which, like Comair, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, Inc. -- anticipate that pilots from outside the Delta family will also join in the demonstration. Specifically, pilots of American Eagle and Continental Express have indicated an interest in participating.
With the exception of Comair pilots, none of the other pilot groups demonstrating today is on strike. However, the pilots participating equally assert the Comair pilots' point that the "regional airline" label is obsolete. Yet management teams across the industry cling to the label in an attempt to subordinate their pilots' compensation and maintain artificially low cost structures.
Since 1998, the Comair pilots have been trying, unsuccessfully, to negotiate a labor contract with management. Comair is one of the worlds most profitable airlines, and can continue to generate enviable profits after satisfying its pilots needs. However, company management is refusing to provide its pilots with pay and benefits on scale with those of other airline pilots: based on the size and productivity of the aircraft they fly.
EVENT: Pilots of Atlantic Southeast, American Eagle, and Continental Express informational picketing in support of the Comair pilots' strike.
TIME: 11 a.m. 1 p.m.
DATE: Monday, June 11, 2001.
LOCATION: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Terminal E (in front of Delta Air Lines departure area).
Contact: Captain Phil Stasik, 321-223-9007