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Delta pilots reject new contract

A Delta Connection Canadair Regional Jet takes off at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
A Delta Connection Canadair Regional Jet takes off at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison) Star-Telegram

Delta Air Lines pilots rejected a new contract that included pay raises and profit sharing.

The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents Delta pilots, said that 65 percent, or 6,947, voted against the tentative agreement while 35 percent, or 3,766, voted in favor of the agreement. About 97 percent of the 10,713 eligible pilots voted in the contract vote.

The three-year contract included an immediate 8 percent pay raise and had a commitment from Delta to purchase new 100-seat aircraft for the pilots to operate instead of Delta’s regional partner carriers.

The union board will meet on July 21 to determine its next steps, the ALPA Delta master executive council chairman Mike Donatelli said in a letter sent to pilots on Friday afternoon.

“The process of membership ratification and the difficult decisions involved are never easy. Emotions often run high regardless of your perspective. In the end, however, we must strive to respect the differing opinions and seek the common ground we all share as pilots. The majority has spoken, and we must move forward together,” Donatelli wrote.

Delta declined to comment on the contract vote.

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