Pilots' union rejects American Airlines' final offer



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Posted on June 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 10:19 PM

FORT WORTH — The pilots' union for American Airlines overwhelmingly rejected the company's last offer Wednesday afternoon.

The Allied Pilots Association told News 8 that its Board of Directors did not have enough time to consider the six-year contract and voted 11 to 5 against sending it to its 10,000 members for a vote.

Pilots told News 8 they are close to a deal with American but still cannot reach consensus on scheduling.

“We are very disappointed that the Allied Pilots Association has decided not to give American Airlines pilots the opportunity to vote on our last, best and final offer," said airline spokesman Bruce Hicks in a statement. "Both parties worked hard to reach a compromise on what are very intricate and complex issues, resulting in a proposal that provides significant benefits for pilots.  The proposal includes pay increases, a mid-term adjustment to industry average pay rates, furlough protection, profit sharing, seeking a freeze of the pension instead of termination, and an equity stake in the new American.  We hope the APA will ultimately allow our pilots an opportunity to vote." 

The company's offer, consisting of a dozen pages the union said, did not offer enough detail on scheduling so the APA rejected it.

"It was far too much ambiguity and lack of specificity in their scheduling proposal and that's what fundamentally caused this deal to crater," said Tom Hoban, spokesman, Allied Pilots Association.

On Friday, a New York bankruptcy judge will rule on whether to void labor contracts of pilots, flight attendants and ground workers.

The APA said it asked American Airlines to request an extension from the judge because they hope to re-enter negotiations with the airline.

"With another week or two we think we can finish this process but that's up to the corporation," Hoban added.

The airline did not immediately respond to questions from News 8 on whether it would ask for a stay with respect to the pilots contract.

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