The American Airlines
As contract negotiations with the nation’s largest carrier drudge on, the pilot union is moving toward requesting federal mediation, according to a statement from the labour organisation.
Although it had not been submitted as of Monday afternoon, the Allied Pilots Association, which represents about 15,000 American Airlines pilots, claimed in a message to pilots last week that its board had unanimously approved a motion for the union to prepare an application for National Mediation Board intervention in its negotiations with the company.
More than three months after American CEO Robert Isom promised pilots 17% raises in a new contract proposal, the union may ask the National Mediation Board to step in.
major pilot organisations in the United States, including those at Southwest
, who want pay hikes despite rising inflation and better schedules following a pandemic that saw flight hours cut and then rise, have found it difficult to come to agreements.
Mediation has already been used by some groups. Recently, the pilots of those airlines have been picketing.
According to APA spokesman Dennis Tajer, complaints with American include compensation and some working conditions.
Alaska Air Group
a new three-year contract with up to 23% in pay increases was approved by its pilots on Monday, making the Seattle-based airline an anomaly among major carriers in striking a deal.
American didn’t respond right away. Prior to the market opening on Thursday, the carrier releases its demand outlook and quarterly results.