June 24, 2008
Delta and Northwest Pilot Negotiators Reach a
Tentative Agreement with Delta Management
Goal of a Joint Pilot Contract by Merger Closure
ATLANTA Ė The pilotsí union negotiating committees of the Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines pilots, both represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Intíl (ALPA), have reached a tentative agreement (TA) with Delta management on a joint pilot contract, the first important step in the process of combining two pilot groups with long, proud histories, into the largest unified pilot group in the world. Negotiating sessions began on Monday, June 16, 2008 and continued almost around the clock until an agreement was reached on Monday, June 23, 2008.
The tentative agreement will be presented to each
pilot groupís respective governing body, the Delta Master Executive Council and
the Northwest Master Executive Council, this week. Details of the TA will not be
released as it must first be considered for ratification by each MEC before it
can be presented to each respective pilot group for a separate vote. The process
of review and ratification will occur as a separate and independent internal
process within each pilot group.
Founded in 1931, ALPA represents 55,000 pilots at 40 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. ALPA represents approximately 7,000 active DAL pilots. Visit the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org and the Delta pilotsí website at www.deltapilots.org.
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SOURCE: Air Line Pilots Association
CONTACT: ALPA, Kelly Regus, 404-763-4925 office