Before the airline industry took a shit/was shat upon, DL
pilots commanded industry-leading pay & benefits. Since then the margin has only increased, and rather substantially at that. Point is, you look across the industry and DL
's pilot costs comprise a statistical outlier, they're waaaaay over the top. It's a cold fact, Leo et al. may be a bunch of rat bastards, ever eager to line their own pockets and screw the rank & file...but DL
pilot pay is up there in the stratosphere while the airline's revenues, yields, etc. are in the ditch...the execs at DL
would be idiots if they didn't look to cut pilot costs as a top priority, it's f'ing obvious. When all's said and done on the balance sheet, cutting exec pay (though TOTALLY appropriate) is going to amount to a very small hill of beans, a needed gesture but in reality a lot more money is going to have to be saved somewhere else.
Anybody that can't recognize that the industry environment has fundamentally changed is mentally impaired. DL
has to get their pilot costs in the same ballpark as the competition...they can afford to go an industry-leading deal with their pilots, but within reason. I see management's 22% figure as a starting point for negotiations, of course they're going to aim high. Is DALPA rejecting the 22% figure or the whole idea of voluntary concessions? If the latter, well, they're in Wally World (or was that Wallet World?). Over time, DL
's pilot costs will equilibrate, it's just a question of hard or easy...