Final Amendment Round Almost Complete
Negotiators for pilots at American
Eagle, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l
(ALPA), reached a tentative agreement (TA) Thursday with management
in the final amendment round of their 16-year contract.
The agreement contains improvements to work rule and quality of
life provisions for the 2,800-plus pilots at American Eagle, while
avoiding contractual concessions to any part of the contract. ALPA
notes these goals were attained with minimal increase to American
Eagle's operating cost in these challenging economic times.
"With our industry confronting historically high fuel prices,
pilot furloughs, capacity reductions, consolidation and
liquidations, our negotiators did a remarkable job in achieving the
best possible solution for the Eagle pilot group," said Herb Mark,
chairman of the American Eagle pilots' unit of ALPA. "Our
negotiators were asked to bring us an agreement that increases
quality of life wherever possible but includes no concessions. This
tentative agreement accomplishes that mission, while providing many
improvements in ways that add real dollars to pilots' pockets."
The agreement will be presented for ratification to the American
Eagle Master Executive Council, the governing body of the American
Eagle pilot unit within ALPA. When ratified, the agreement will
complete the final amendment round in the pilots' unprecedented
When the contract expires at the end of 2012, the pilots will
return to the traditional method of contract negotiations, which is
governed by Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilot union
representing 53,000 members at 37 airlines in the United States and
Canada. With more than 2,800 pilots, American Eagle is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR Corp. and provides feed to American
Airlines as well as point-to-point service in North and Central
America and the Caribbean.