ATLANTA ( TheStreet) -- Declaring that "anger is not a strategy," the chairman of the pilot's union at Delta (DAL - Get Report) laid out his vision of airline/pilot relations in a letter to union members Thursday.
Lee Moak, chairman of the Delta chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, noted that on Jan. 1, the carrier's pilots will get a 4% raise. The raise marks a milestone, he said, because it will mean that, for the first time, "pay rates will be above those that were in place when Delta filed for bankruptcy protection in 2005," five years ago this month.
In addition, Moak noted, contract improvements that take effect Jan. 1 also mean that Delta's contribution level to the pilots' retirement plan will increase to 13%.
The main point of Moak's letter is that for pilots to win, airlines must win too. In a dramatic change that has taken place during 2010, that philosophy has come to dominate pilot thought in the airline industry, particularly as contentious, conflict-driven union leadership teams have been