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Delta Air Lines gives most workers a 6 percent pay raise in 2017

Workers unload baggage from a Delta Air Lines flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Atlanta-based carrier announced 6 percent pay raises for workers effective April, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Workers unload baggage from a Delta Air Lines flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Atlanta-based carrier announced 6 percent pay raises for workers effective April, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) AP

Flight attendants, baggage handlers, gate agents and other hourly workers at Delta Air Lines will receive a 6 percent pay raise next year, the carrier announced on Tuesday.

In a memo sent to workers on Tuesday, Delta told employees that the raise will go into effect on April 1. Including the 18.5 percent pay increase made in 2015, the Atlanta-based carrier said eligible employees base pay has grown more than 25 percent in two years.

“I’m proud to say that Delta has led the industry in compensation increases for our employees the last several years and has set the standard for other airlines to follow,” Delta chief executive Ed Bastian said in the memo. “This increase, coupled with our profit sharing program that also leads the industry by workgroup, enables us to maintain industry-leading total compensation among our global competitors.”

Over 65,000 employees of the carrier’s 80,000-plus workforce will be eligible for the increase. Delta’s management executives and its two union groups, the pilots and flight dispatchers, are not eligible for the pay raise.

Delta’s pilots are currently voting on a tentative agreement that includes pay raises totaling 30 percent over four years. The vote will conclude on December 1.

The carrier also announced it will increase its 401(k) contribution for employees to three percent in addition to the dollar-for-dollar match the company provides on the first 6 percent of a worker’s earnings.

Delta has about 1,000 employees in North Texas with operations at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Dallas Love Field and at a reservations call center.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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