Pay increases on tap for non-union staff at Delta

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Delta Air Lines is adhering to its previous commitment of raising employee pay to industry standards by 2010 through a salary increase due to take effect 1 January.

Delta chief executive Richard Anderson supplied that information during a weekly update to employees, which now include staffers at Northwest Airlines. The two carriers recently won regulatory approval to merge.

The raises apply to all Delta employee groups except for pilots and those at Northwest working under union representation.

Delta is not allowed to apply those pay policies to employees covered by collective bargaining agreements "until representation issues are resolved", says Anderson.

Currently Delta pilots are the only employee group at the carrier with union representation.

Earlier this year the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) failed to organize at Delta, and last month the US National Mediation Board dismissed claims by AFA the carrier interfered with the May election.

AFA represents Northwest flight attendants and recently the union said it expects NMB next year to hold an election to determine if non-union Delta attendants and those unionized Northwest employees will join the union. Delta and Northwest pilots, meanwhile, are working with an arbitrator to create an integrated seniority list. Hearings are set to start 15 November in Los Angeles.

All employee groups at both carriers received "nice grants" of stock recently when the merger closed, says Anderson.