The American Airlines pilots union plans to hold a strike vote now that the carrier has won a bankruptcy court ruling to reject the union’s labor contract.
The Star-Telegram reports:
‘The Allied Pilots Association had previously said it would hold a strike vote if American Airlines implemented any of the work rule changes from the February term sheet. And now that the bankruptcy judge ruled last week that American was allowed to reject its pilot contract, it appears that American plans to put in place some of the changes it says are necessary to restructure successfully.’
Online voting for a strike is reported to begin tomorrow and continue until October 3rd with the results being announced shortly thereafter.
American spokesman Bruce Hicks said the union cannot legally strike against the carrier.
“The APA’s own general counsel reminded the union in a memorandum to its national officers and board of directors posted Saturday that any job action would be unlawful. So, it’s obvious this announcement is simply a diversionary tactic,” Hicks said. “American is committed to moving forward with implementing those terms from both the Tentative Agreement and Term Sheet that are necessary for our successful restructuring.”
He continued, “We assured the APA and our pilots on Friday that the vast majority of working conditions will not change from the pilot contract previously in place with the exception of specific changes found by the Court to be necessary for American to reorganize. At the same time, we remain committed to bargaining in good faith with APA for an agreement that addresses the Company’s needs and that pilots will find acceptable.”