It doesn't sound like much progress has been made by American Airlines and its pilots union in negotiating a new contract.
According to two different messages from union leaders over the weekend, there was enough progress to continue negotiations this week, but no "agreements-in-principle" were reached either.
The Allied Pilots Association negotiating committee told members that talks have occurred on a wide variety of issues including compensation, scope, base closures, furlough protection, disability and sick rules.
But in a base blast from the Los Angeles union leaders, the negotiations were described as "difficult, frustrating, and painful.
"If this current rate of progress continues, we should have an industry standard TA to send to you by NEVER," the message from Los Angeles base chairman Steve Conlon and vice chairman Randy LeRuth. "The negotiating period authorized by the APA Board will end next week during the BOD meeting. If by that time AA has not agreed to an industry standard (Delta/United) contract—and we are not optimistic--we will vote to end negotiations and release the strike vote results."
Keep reading for the full update from the APA negotiating committee and the LAX Base Blast.
APA Negotiating Committee update
The Negotiating Committee met with management every day this week. Talks focused on a wide array of APA concerns which include, but are not limited to: compensation, scope, disability, sick, injuries on duty, A319 pay rates, furlough protection, the possibility of slowing down base closures, and the potential for remote satellite bases.
LAX Base Blast, October 13
Negotiating sessions were conducted every day this week, but are being described as difficult, frustrating, and painful.
No Agreements-In-Principle (AIPs) were reached in any areas--none. If this current rate of progress continues, we should have an industry standard TA to send to you by NEVER.
The negotiating period authorized by the APA Board will end next week during the BOD meeting. If by that time AA has not agreed to an industry standard (Delta/United) contract—and we are not optimistic--we will vote to end negotiations and release the strike vote results.
From the BK Court
APA appealed the BK court decision--the judge “declined to rule” and “did not set a date for ruling”.
"The judge overseeing American Airlines' bankruptcy declined to rule on a pilots' appeal to preserve their old agreement, meaning the airline can continue making work changes while the two sides continue contract talks....
...The union appealed the decision and it has asked the court to stop the airline from making changes while the appeal is pending, arguing that the changes cause "irreparable harm" to members.
At a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Lane declined to rule on the union's motion to suspend and did not set a date for a ruling on the issue....” Oct 9 (Reuters)
Additionally, we have filed a motion to have our appeals at the District Court level consolidated and heard at the same time.
Every day APA receives dozens of reports, and some alarming trends are becoming apparent.
If your flight is delayed for any reason, please take the time to check the delay code and make sure it is correct. You can check it with either of these two entries:
FL flt#/DDMMM STA DM (Example: FL 2166/05OCT MIA DM)
DIF DDMMM flt# (Example: DIF 27SEP 959)
AA has unilaterally implemented higher monthly maximums.
LAX 777 has lines built to 80:35
LAX 767 Int’l has lines built to 80:05
LAX 767 Dom has lines built to 83:25, and lines with 21-22 workdays of “slash” all-nighters
LAX 737 has lines built to 87:05, and lines with18-19 workdays of “slash” all-nighters
LAX S80 has lines built to 84:35
AA has not given us any explanation of what the monthly max actually is for November.
Don’t forget that you will be receiving ZERO pension contributions for this flying.
If you are properly rested for your flight, go fly.
If you are not properly rested, call in Fatigued and do not fly until you are properly rested.
"Pilots should not continue on any sequence that they anticipate being unable to safely complete due to fatigue." (Supp BB, unchanged by Term Sheet—so far)
"As part of American Airlines’ Fatigue Policy, line and reserve flight crew members have the ability to remove themselves from service both prior to, and during an assigned sequence if they feel their fatigue levels make them unfit for duty.” (AA Fatigue Risk Management Plan)
If you call in Fatigued, complete a Fatigue Report. You can find the link on the APA website--
If you are medically fit for flight, go fly.
Fly Aggressively Safe, Healthy, and Rested
Steve and Randy