DALLAS (AP) — Leaders of the pilots' union at American Airlines have raised the threat of a strike and also met with the CEO of US Airways, which is pursuing a labor-backed merger with American.
The Allied Pilots Association says that it will hold a strike-authorization vote as soon as American tries to use the bankruptcy process to throw out its contract with pilots and impose new pay and work rules.
The votes are in, and American Airlines mechanics and warehouse workers have okayed a contract offer from the company. The same two groups were the only unions out of seven to turn down an earlier offer. Voting had been going on the past couple of weeks on this new offer, which union leaders describe as slightly better than the offer that was turned down by their members. If the agreement had been rejected, the matter would be in the hands of a bankruptcy judge. Under terms of this contract, there will still be more than a thousand jobs cut at the Tulsa maintenance base.
American Airlines mechanics are again voting on a contract. This time local union leaders are urging a yes vote. The last, best offer from the company was voted down, but after weeks of continued negotiating…a revamped contract is being decided upon. Last time around, union leaders didn’t make a recommendation one way or the other. This time it’s different. Sam Cirri is the local union president. He says this latest offer is only slightly better than the one turned down, but this time a yes vote is being recommended.
DALLAS (AP) — A labor union says it has tentative contract agreements that would grant pay raises for mechanics and other ground workers at American Airlines.
The Transport Workers Union says a ratification vote will end in August before a federal bankruptcy court judge rules on whether American can impose its own terms for pay and benefits. The contract proposal calls for a 3% increase in pay. That is the same pay-hike offered to the pilot’s union.
A federal judge again delays a decision on whether to void union contracts at American Airlines. Transport Workers Union organizer Rick Mullings says it’s to give more time for negotiations to see if an agreement can be reached. He says talks have been on hold while the company negotiated with the pilots.
The pilots’ union board has agreed to order a ratification vote on American’s latest offer, and the company will resume negotiations with mechanics and flight attendants next week.