The vast majority of airlines in the US are “union shops” and ALL pilots who work for that airline are governed by the PWA (Pilot Working Agreement). No one has to join but ALL have to pay dues (so it’s foolish not to). The reason for all having to pay the dues is again because all pilots operate under the benefits and protection of the PWA which was negotiated by the union.
At my airline’s the last contract took 2 yrs and hundreds of thousands of dollars to negotiate. In the end the pilots received an almost 30% pay increase. Would it be right if pilots could choose to not pay dues but then benefit from the hard work paid for by the pilots that did?
As for Delta being anti-union I don’t believe they’re any more so than any other airline. No airline mgmt likes the union. We ask them for higher wages, hold them accountable when they try and violate work rules and protect the pilots they want to discipline.
To be perfectly honest I was never a fan of the unions but I’ve learned they’re a necessity in this industry. Your handle is Deltawannabepilot, why do you want to fly fit Delta? Pay? Work rules? You think they’d have those if there was no union? They wouldn’t. Further the guy’s who’ll be staring at you across the table if you ever interview for Delta will ALL be card carrying union members so you may want to rethink your opinion