American says the pilots, who are represented by Allied Pilots Association (APA), ‘needs to keep its members from upsetting American’s schedule by filing last-minute delays and taxiing slowly to the gate, which have delayed hundreds of flights throughout its system in the past two weeks.’
The APA denies the allegations and even blamed American for not adequately staffing its schedule and also for not maintaining its aging fleet.
‘”Within 24 hours of being asked to return to the bargaining table, they threaten legal action,” said APA spokesman Tom Hoban. “This is akin to being sucker punched.”
In a letter sent to the union on Wednesday, Vice President Denise Lynn called the work slowdown illegal and said the airline will file for an injunction if the pilots continue to damage operations.
“This unlawful conduct is taking the form of discretionary pilot actions including such things as delaying departures for unnecessary checks, increased and late-filed maintenance write-ups, increased block times due to slow taxiing, and circuitous routings,” Lynn wrote.
“The conduct at issue is inflicting economic damage on the company,” he complained. “It is frustrating and alienating our customers and it is driving unnecessary work and significant stress for other employees.”‘
American has cancelled hundreds of flights since the situation began and cancelled 100 more flights last Thursday.