A pilot speaks on a mobile device near a Delta Air Lines boarding gate at Salt Lake City International Airport.
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Delta Air Lines and the union that represents their pilots have reached a tentative cost-cutting agreement to avoid vacation until January 1, 2022, the union said on Thursday.
The deal has yet to be approved by Delta's early 13,000 pilots. The agreement would reduce the minimum guaranteed monthly hours by 5%. The company had planned to take leave of up to 1,941 pilots. Airline employees who are on leave generally retain the right to be called back by the company. However, given the industry downturn in the pandemic, it is not clear when this might be the case.
American Airlines and United Airlines started employing more than 30,000 people earlier this month. Aviation companies were banned from shedding jobs until October 1 on condition of $ 25 billion in federal aid to the sector.
The Atlanta-based airline said its other frontline workers such as flight attendants have fled vacation and opted for buyouts while thousands of others have taken unpaid vacations thanks to around 18,000 employees, roughly a fifth of its pre-pandemic employees would have. Delta had postponed planned vacation days to November 1st as negotiations with the pilots continued.