Pilots union sends contract deal with American to members

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American Airlines pilots who want a new contract marched at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Wednesday.

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by MATT GOODMAN / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

DALLAS – The union representing American Airlines' pilots has sent the company's most recent deal to its members for a vote. 

Last week, the Allied Pilots Association and AMR, American's parent company, reached an agreement in principle over a new contract. The board voted 12-4 on Friday to send the deal to the 10,000 pilots in the union. 

"We are pleased the Allied Pilots Association is putting the tentative agreement out for a vote. We worked hard in concert with the APA’s negotiating committee to structure an agreement that addresses the priorities identified by APA as most important to our pilots, while staying within the same cost savings target that we required from all other employee groups," said Bruce Hicks, American Airlines spokesman, in a prepared statement. 

The pilots will have until "early December" to vote on the contract. Specifics on its terms were not immediately released Friday. 

Last summer, however, 61 percent of members in the Allied Pilots Association rejected a contract proposal designed to save the bankrupt airline $300 million each year. The pilots would've seen pay raises and a 13.5 percent stake in the company after American emerged from bankruptcy. 

Union spokesman Gregg Overman told the Associated Press that the six-year term agreement was too long for the pilots to comfortably agree to. That contract would've added a potential "two-tier pay scale" and pilots on the fleet of new Airbus A319 aircrafts may have received lower pay. 

In its information hotline, the Allied Pilots Association promised more information about the agreement later Friday afternoon as the Board of Directors were still in a meeting. 

American Airlines filed for bankruptcy last November. It has already reached agreements with unions representing the transport workers and its flight attendants. 

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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