Thu, Oct 25, 2007
Deal Offers Furlough Protections, Career Advancement
The pilots of American Eagle and
American Airlines reached a tentative agreement with their
respective managements recently, that settles three outstanding
disputes over the parties’ flow-through/ flow-back
Each pilot group is represented by separate unions. Pilots at
American Eagle belong to the Air Line Pilots Association, while
American's mainline pilots are represented by the Allied Pilots
Association. American Eagle is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR and
provides feeder service to American Airlines, as well as
point-to-point service in North and Central America and the
The agreement provides career progression for a significant
number of American Eagle pilots to American Airlines, while at the
same time giving furlough protection for American Airlines' pilots.
The agreement provides for American Airlines furloughed pilots to
be recalled to American Airlines before American Eagle pilots can
flow through to American Airlines, as well as the continued ability
to obtain positions at American Eagle if there are further
furloughs at American.
"We believe that if we can create a joint interest centered on
career progression and a strong relationship with our mainline, we
will be best positioned to address the existing disparity between
mainline and regional pilot scope interests," said Herb Mark,
master executive chairman of the Eagle pilot group. "We are pleased
to have taken our second step towards that end."
"We believe that the goals we sought in this negotiation have
been achieved, and that this agreement is in the best interests of
American Airlines pilots," said Captain Lloyd Hill, president of
the Allied Pilots Association. "We are also pleased at the mutual
cooperation between the two unions in working towards this
agreement. We look forward to fostering and further building the
relationship between our two pilot groups."
This agreement also facilitates pilot recruitment at American
Eagle by providing guaranteed movement in the pilot seniority list,
bonus programs, incentives for pilot retention, and growth.
The parties are now working on crafting contract language, after
which the tentative agreement will undergo the unions’
individual ratification processes.
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