The Allied Pilots Association said it will not announce the results of a strike vote when the polls close on Wednesday at noon.
In a hotline message to members on Tuesday, the pilots union said its board of directors decided to "refrain from releasing the results of the membership strike authorization ballot."
"Your APA leadership will decide when to announce the results of the strike balloting based on whether the resumption of talks results in meaningful progress," the hotline said.
The board also announced that negotiations are likely to resume between the pilots and American Airlines management some time this week.
Keep reading for the full message from APA.
UPDATE: American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks issued this statement. "We are committed to working with the APA and we’re pleased that we have jointly agreed to resume negotiations this week. We will work collaboratively and creatively with the APA to find a solution that works for the pilots and allows for a successful restructuring of the airline, creating security and opportunity for pilots and all of the people of American."
BOARD OF DIRECTORS PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON RESUMPTION OF NEGOTIATIONS, STRIKE
BALLOT RESULTS: The APA Board of Directors reconvened at 1 p.m. Central
Daylight Time today at union headquarters in Fort Worth. After careful
consideration, the APA Board has directed the Negotiating Committee to re-engage
in negotiations with AMR management in an effort to achieve our goal of an
industry-standard contract. We anticipate that negotiations will resume sometime
today, the Board stipulated that Ballot Point is to refrain from releasing the
results of the membership strike authorization ballot and to await further
instructions from APA. Your APA leadership will decide when to announce the
results of the strike balloting based on whether the resumption of talks results
in meaningful progress.
further reminder, the deadline for casting your vote in the membership strike
authorization ballot is tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at noon Central Daylight
Time. You may vote as many times as you like via telephone or web. Only your
last vote will be included in the tally. If you have any questions, please click here
to review the voting instructions or contact APA
Election Coordinator Debbie Thorn at 817-302-2115 or by e-mail at [email protected]
again, we strongly encourage all pilots to exercise your right to vote in this
important strike authorization balloting.