American imposes concessionary contract terms on its pilots
September 14, 2012
American Airlines, having warned its pilot group that management would impose a new contract on them if they rejected a tentative agreement, followed through with that tactic this week to the dismay of the Allied Pilots Association, according to Dallas’ NBC affiliate station.
American’s pilots soundly rejected a tentative agreement that had less-concessionary terms than what was imposed on them. A bankruptcy judge last month ruled that American had the right to set aside the pilots’ current contract and impose new terms.
American’s pilot union will hold a strike vote Oct. 3; the expected approval from that vote does not mean the pilots will strike, as they will need permission from the National Mediation Board, the story said. One union member called the new contract terms, which began Wednesday night, “atomic” and said American has chosen a “nuclear option” instead of going back to the bargaining table.
The new pilot agreement is the last labor deal American has reworked as it moves through bankruptcy restructuring, having reached ratified deals with its other major labor groups. An American spokesman told NBC that imposing the new contract terms – lower pay, different work rules and more liberal rules on codesharing with other airlines – was regrettable but necessary for American to be able to compete.
American Airlines pilots knew the cuts were coming, but the union calls the new terms “atomic.” A company spokesperson tells NBC 5 that there’s no joy in making the cuts, but claims it has to be done for the airline to survive.
“What they’ve elected to do is really kick the hornet’s nest. They told us they were going to go slow, that they’d like to get back to the bargaining table, but they’ve chosen the nuclear option here
,” said First Officer Tom Hoban with the Allied Pilots Association.
Hoban said the cuts coming from American Airlines are just fueling pilots frustrations. The company got the green light last week from a judge to start slashing $370 million in pilot costs
. The airline isn’t wasting any time.
“We’re going to be working more days with less pay, under some pretty significant, onerous conditions,” said Hoban.
just a matter of time before they redo all the union contracts
they started with the big guns first and now coming after the rest of them..