December 5, 2006
Comair Pilots to Picket at Parent Company Delta’s Doorstep
ATLANTA — The pilots of Comair, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), will conduct informational picketing at the Atlanta headquarters of Delta Air Lines. Comair operates under the “Delta Connection” livery and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Other OTC: DALRQ).
The pilots are picketing to demonstrate their frustration with Comair and Delta management’s efforts to sidestep the negotiating process by filing an 1113(c) motion with the bankruptcy court. If approved, this motion could repudiate and breach the pilots’ labor contract and allow Comair management to unilaterally impose terms of employment.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m., EST
North of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on the west side of the Delta offices, on land adjacent to the Red Roof Inn and Hartsfield Drive. This location is between Outer Loop Road and Virginia Avenue.
In 2005, the Comair pilots agreed to concessions to help their airline better manage its finances. Later that year, Comair and parent company Delta filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In more recent contract talks, Comair management has taken an unreasonable position concerning the level of additional concessions the pilots must provide.
The pilots want Comair to demonstrate that the concessions sought are necessary for the company’s recovery, and not simply a means of applying pressure to other Delta Connection pilot groups to lower their compensation and work rules. The Comair pilots have been flexible throughout these talks, submitting numerous proposals that offer substantial contract relief.
The Comair pilots would also like something in exchange for any contract relief, such as job security and wage snap-back provisions in later years, especially since Comair has returned to profitability. During recent bankruptcy proceedings, Delta management and company documents revealed that Comair is projected to earn at least $50 million in profits for 2006. Unfortunately, Comair management appears to prefer to litigate in bankruptcy court rather than seriously negotiate with its pilots.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 60,000 pilots at 39 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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Comair Pilot Group Contact: Capt. Paul Denke,
ALPA Contact: John Perkinson, (703) 481-4440