Delta pilots strike by picketing at airports as July 4 travel looms

Delta Air Lines pilots picketed at the carrier’s hubs around the country Thursday, saying they’ve been working record amounts of overtime this year and are frustrated with ongoing contract negotiations.

What’s happening?

Off-duty Delta pilots picketed at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, New York, Seattle-Tacoma, and Salt Lake City.

Why are Delta’s pilots protesting?

First officer David Adler, one of the pilots protesting at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport said he and his colleagues have already worked more overtime this year than they did in all of 2018 and 2019 combined.

“Overtime is not a bad thing, but relying on it all the time is problematic,” he said. “We’re short of pilots right now and if we get a little bit of a hiccup in the system, whether it’s due to saturation in the airspace, whether it’s due to weather or things like that, we don’t have the staff to go ahead and recoup. “

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