APA To Consider AMR Management Offer To Resume Talks
By Madhu Unnikrishnan firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: AWIN First
September 25, 2012
Credit: Photo: AMR Corp.
The Allied Pilots Association (APA) board Sept. 26 will decide if it will resume talks with AMR Corp. management for a new agreement.
Management has approached APA leadership to resume talks, marking the first such overture since APA members last month overwhelmingly rejected the company’s “last, best and final” contract offer, a union spokesman tells Aviation Week.
The pilots have been operating without a contract since earlier this month, when the bankruptcy court abrogated their contract.
AMR last week claimed the pilots were engaging in unauthorized job actions, including staging sick-outs and calling in excessive maintenance delays. APA adamantly denied these allegations, and countered that the airline was trying to blame an ordinary seasonal schedule adjustment on a pilot job action.
Separately, the final number of AMR employees represented by the Transport Workers Union who have opted to take management’s buyout offer should be tallied Sept. 26, a source close to the airline says.