Delta Air Lines and its pilots want Washington to help them agree on a new contract for the pilotsairlines and unions to conduct lock-outs or strikes.
The union is seeking higher pay, better benefits and more hiring. Atlanta-based Delta relied on overtime to operate during the busy summer travel season last year.
The negotiations are being watched at other airlines and by Wall Street, which is looking for an indication of how much a new contract will increase Delta’s expenses. Delta reported Tuesday that it earned $4.8 billion last year, bringing its profit since the start of 2010 to about $34 billion.