Over 700 JetBlue pilots picketed today outside the airline's Long Island City headquarters in a show of frustration over stalled contract negotiations.
The move comes just days after the carrier announced its 31st consecutive profitable quarter, earning an estimated $3 billion in the three years since negotiations first began.
"Year after year, quarter after quarter, JetBlue Airways posts industry-leading profit margins,” said Capt. Patrick Walsh, head of the JetBlue unit of the Air Line Pilots Association. “However, when management comes to the negotiating table, they refuse to offer market-rate pay and benefits to the professional pilots who fly their planes."
"JetBlue pays market rates for aircraft, gates, and fuel—it can afford to pay the market rate for the pilots in the cockpit, too," added Walsh.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the lowest-paid 10% of commercial pilots take home an average of $34,860 annually.
JetBlue pilots first filed with the National Mediation Board in July 2017 and its 3,500 pilots remain without a contract.