APA seeks to open contract negotiations with American Airlines
The Allied Pilots Association, representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, exercised an early-opener provision in its contract and formally requested to open negotiations with American Airlines management pursuant to Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act. In a letter sent to American Airlines providing notice that negotiations will open in January 2019, the union declared that "it's time" to move beyond a labor agreement borne out of bankruptcy and to pursue, collaboratively, an airline that both labor and management can be proud to represent. Captain Carey wrote in the letter that it is also time to improve the way pilots are scheduled, how passengers are treated, and the working relationship between American Airlines management and pilots. APA's focus on the passenger experience in its message to management signifies the link between pilots and passengers and follows APA's ongoing effort to Humanize Air Travel. "We believe American Airlines can do better. We believe American Airlines can be better," Captain Carey said. "With respectful communication and open dialogue, there is no reason why we cannot achieve a better contract and a better relationship now and for the long-term that reinforces our shared values and priorities."