FORT WORTH - After two weeks of court-ordered negotiation, there are signs of hope for a deal between the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and American Airlines.
In an e-mail to its members Friday evening, the APA said airline "management made a number of moves at the table this week in an effort to reach an agreement. Many of the moves were clear improvements over the original 1113 term sheet."
Still, a number of issues remain unresolved, the pilots union added.
Regardless, in an encouraging sign, the APA said it would take American's best and final offer to its board of directors.
A source in the APA leadership told News 8 that he was originally not optimistic that mediated negotiation would produce an agreement as the airline reorganizes in bankruptcy. But, he said, American has moved its position enough that pilots will now consider it.
"We are still reviewing this offer, and the APA Board will be discussing it in the days ahead," the union's e-mail said to members. "We will communicate details of the management proposal once we have had the opportunity to discuss all aspects of it with the APA Board."
"We’re pleased that APA negotiators are taking the proposal to their Board of Directors," said Bruce Hicks, American Airlines spokesman. "We've committed not to discuss details until the APA Board has had a chance to thoroughly review the offer."
The APA's board will meet on Monday to consider the proposal. The union will respond to American Airlines by mid week, the source said. If the APA's board sends American's proposals to union membership for a vote, then the APA's attorneys will have to ask Judge Sean Lane by Thursday to stay a ruling on the pilots contract.
The following day, on June 22, Judge Lane is supposed to rule on whether to let American cancel its collective bargaining agreements with the remaining labor groups, including flight attendants and some TWU work groups.