American pilots prepare to resume contract talks

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by WENDY CORONA

WFAA

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 6:35 PM

FORT WORTH — The executive board of the Allied Pilots Association on Wednesday "re-affirmed APA's support for re-engaging in negotiations" with American Airlines management.

The board met behind closed doors for nearly five hours, and they are expected to meet again on Thursday morning.

"The board's focus will be on providing guidance to our negotiators as we prepare for the resumption of bargaining," said a statement posted on the APA's website Wednesday evening.

After the pilots union rejected American's "last, best" contract offer earlier this month, a federal bankruptcy judge authorized the airline to impose new terms on the APA's 8,000 members.

The bankrupt carrier blames pilots calling in sick and triggering unnecessary paperwork for a flood of canceled and delayed flights this month.

"American is proactively canceling one to two percent of their flights already in a short time window, so it will take a little bit of time for them to ramp up," said Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com. "But right now, you are talking about travel in the softest or least-traveled season, so it shouldn't take long for them to get back up to speed."

Former AMR CEO Robert Crandall is urging both sides to cooperate to end the impasse.

E-mail wcorona@wfaa.com

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