The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“IBT”, or “the Teamsters”) has announced it wants to become the exclusive union representative of Delta technicians. The Teamsters represents a variety of workers inside and outside the airline industry, including mechanics, customer service and ramp agents, stock clerks, dispatch personnel, flight attendants, and pilots at other carriers. Every Delta employee has the right to choose or reject union representation. Learn more about your choice below.  

Delta Invests in You


 

Industry-Leading Total Compensation

Delta provides the best total compensation for mechanics at every step of the scale compared to our global competitors – including those with employees represented by Teamsters. Absent our COVID years, pay scale increases have taken place about every year, with 12 pay increases over the last 15 years. Compared to their peers at other airlines, Delta mechanics are also able to earn more sooner by reaching the top of the pay scale in 6.5 years – a year and half ahead of United and American employees.


Total Compensation

Delta provides the best total compensation – including base pay, profit sharing, and shared rewards – including those with employees represented by Teamsters. With our 5% base pay increase in 2024 and investments in line and license premiums, Delta has made cumulative investments of 20-25% in compensation in each of our largest frontline workgroups since 2022. Take a look at total compensation for a top-of-scale mechanic (i.e., a mechanic that has achieved 6.5 years of service at Delta) compared to their peers.

*Based on pay scales effective 6/1/24 assuming 2,080 hours.

Delta Technicians compensation chart 2024

Delta Technicians compensation chart 2024

 

Competitive Investments

Since the beginning of 2022, compensation for line AMTs is up 18% inclusive of line and license premium increases. We made significant investments in 2022 for AMTs, including increases in license premiums, and a line premium that is more than double that of our global peers at United and American. Furthermore, Delta’s retirement program consistently provides more benefit value than American and United’s plans (even when you factor in their pensions), assuming a 6% investment return pre-retirement, 5% post-retirement, and full matching contributions in respective 401(k) programs. We also kept premiums flat for five years from 2019-2023 and in 2022 reduced the average plan premium by 14%.


Protecting Jobs

While thousands of union-represented airline employees were furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta committed to no involuntary furloughs – and we stayed true to this promise. We acted quickly to protect jobs and employees with voluntary leaves, attractive retirement/early out packages, COVID-19 pay protection, and paid leave for high-risk employees.

 
 


Planning for the Future

We’ve made strategic investments to ensure Delta provides dependable, high-paying jobs and reliable work for AMTs and other TechOps employees. Our successful MRO business, which provides maintenance and engineering services to third parties, offers more opportunities for our people outside of Delta’s day-to-day operations. We’ve invested heavily in enhancing our in-house maintenance capabilities and partnered with industry-leading manufacturers, so our people continue to work on the cutting edge of technology and the next generation of aircraft and engines.


Best-in-Class Profit Sharing

Since 2010, Delta employees have received $10.4 billion in profit sharing, while United employees received $3.3 billion, and American's received $1.4 billion. Delta's 2023 profit sharing expense of over $1.4 billion is also greater than of our peer airlines combined ($681 million for United and $351 million for American). Further, all eligible Delta employees also received the same 10.40% payout, equal to more than one month's pay. At American, TWU and IAM-represented technicians received 3.60%, while United, Teamsters-represented technicians received roughly 3.50%.


Technicians compensation chart 2023

Technicians compensation chart 2023

 


Shared Rewards

We kept Delta's Shared Rewards program intact throughout the pandemic while other airlines suspended theirs. From 2020 to 2023, that meant $3,075 in Shared Rewards earned, compared to $225 at United and $50 at American.

 

 

Investing in Your Work Life

We listen to what will make the biggest impact on your work life and the operation and take action to invest and improve. In 2023, we invested approximately $330 million in technology and equipment that make your work life better.

 

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