American Airlines Pilots Union Accepts Tentative Deal with 23% Pay Hike

By Paul Riegler on 5 January 2015
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The board of the union that represents pilots at American Airlines agreed to accept the airline’s final contract proposal.  The move paves the way for a retroactive 23% wage increase if its members ratify the contract this month.

The Allied Pilots Association union represents 10,000 pilots at American and 5,000 at US Airways.  It was under considerable pressure to accept the five-year contract by last Saturday, or lose a large initial pay increase.

American was also under pressure as it continues the process of melding its two subsidiaries into one airline.  The news from the pilots union puts the airline on a stronger footing given that it finalized a common contract with its flight attendants last month.  While deals with other work groups such as agents are pending, it now has agreements with its largest work groups and is less likely to incur the types of delays that plagued other merged airlines including United.

“We are pleased our pilots will have a chance to vote on a contract that provides an immediate 23 percent pay increase and recognizes their contributions at American,” said American spokesman Casey Norton in an e-mailed statement.

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