Mon, Jul 12, 2010
New Union Leader Says Compromise May Lead To A New
David Bates, the new president of
the Allied Pilots Association which represents pilots flying for
American Airlines, said working with management may be the best
course for obtaining a new contract.
Bates and new vice president Tony Chapman held their first news
conference Thursday, along with secretary-treasurer Scott
Shankland. The Dallas Morning News reports that, while Bates
stopped short of criticizing the previous union leadership, he said
"We plan to seek a new beginning with management ... to find the
solutions to make it work for them and us."
Contract negotiations for American
pilots have been going on since 2006. Bates said that in a meeting
this week with American managers he told them he was ready to
establish a dialog between the union and the company. He said while
the union pilots deserves a raise of more than 50 percent, which
would bring them back to their early 1990's pay, it was unlikely
they would get it all back in one contract.
Bates said he is confident that American and the APA can get a
new contract signed in time to salvage the airline's order for
Dreamliners. That order is contingent on an agreement with the
union for pay rates acknowledging the new aircraft type.
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