By Tracy Rucinski
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines (N:) pilots are receiving record overtime, straining the airline’s labor costs, partly as it adds more flights to take advantage of a gap in demand left by the grounding of the Boeing (NYSE:) 737 MAX at rival carriers, union officials told Reuters.
The surge in overtime highlights a split in the fortunes of U.S. airline workers as airlines like Delta, which does not fly the MAX, scramble to meet demand while staff at rivals like Southwest Airlines (N:) and American Airlines (O:) sit at home on basic pay.
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