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Delta pilots raise pressure in contract talks

Delta Air Lines pilots picketed outside the company’s headquarters as they push for a new contract with pay increases.

Wearing uniforms and lined up along the sidewalk at the Delta campus near the Atlanta airport, pilots held signs reading “What’s a Delta pilot worth?” and “Labor Risk Is Back On The Table.”

The two sides have been in federal mediation since March 31. John Malone, chairman of the Delta pilots union, said prolonged talks take a toll on morale and are a distraction for the company.

Malone said Delta management has proposed a 27 percent pay increase to pilots over four years, while the union seeks 31 percent over three.

To read more about what management and union representatives have to say, and why pilots are seeking double-digit pay increases, read more on MyAJC.com.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.