ASA Pilots to Picket at Dothan Airport

By: Lauren Davis
By: Lauren Davis

The Airline Pilots Association is taking their message to the public this week by picketing in the small communities they serve.

The pilots are having a difficult time agreeing on a contract negotiation.

If the pilots can't reach an agreement, it could interrupt air service in Dothan.

Delta Connection, Atlantic Southeast Airline pilots lined up in front of the Dothan Regional Airport Wednesday morning, protesting their fatiguing schedules and low pay, dating back to a contract signed in 1998.

“We're sending a message to management to get this deal done because pilots are fed up,” said one picketing pilot.

The pilots handed out brochures to the flying public to make them aware of the problem.

They think it's only fair to tell the passengers that ASA is having a difficult time recruiting and retaining qualified pilots.

“Pilot shortage can't attract more pilots because negotiation [has] been going on for five years.”

Pilots have sat down 289 times with management without an agreement.

They’re not expecting anything to come out of their next meeting. So, where does that leave them?

The pilots say, “We're free to engage in self help, which means strike.”

And, that could mean interrupted air service in Dothan and other airports that fly ASA.

The pilots were in Columbus, Georgia on Tuesday.

After protesting at the Dothan Regional Airport Wednesday, the picketing pilots went to the Panama City Bay County Airport.


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