American Eagle pilots union representatives decided against considering a proposal from US Airways management that would pay new pilot hires a lower wage than current pilots at the regional carrier owned by AMR Corp.
With Eagle's parent company, AMR, preparing to merge with US Airways, the pilots union has been in discussions with management from US Airways regarding possible contract concessions. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents the Eagle pilots, said it will not negotiate with management in regards to a lower pay scale.
"The concept of a B scale is unacceptable and thus this document is unacceptable and shall not be sent for a pilot ratification; further the [union leadership] hereby declines any further negotiations with a reference to a B scale," the union said in a motion passed by ALPA Eagle representatives.
Keep reading for the full message sent to Eagle pilots on Monday.
Fellow American Eagle pilots:
This morning the MEC convened via telephone and passed the following motion regarding US Airways’ proposal to the EGL MEC:
The concept of a B scale is unacceptable and thus this document is unacceptable and shall NOT be sent for pilot ratification; further the MEC hereby declines any further negotiations with a reference to a B scale.
As you may be aware, US Airways and Eagle management had provided the Eagle MEC with this most recent proposal and stated that it was unable to come off of the B-Scale concept. Although this most recent offer contained a fleet plan, guaranteed by the mainline, which included the delivery of “large RJ” aircraft, and a slightly increased flow to AA, the MEC overwhelmingly decided that the introduction of a B-Scale into the regional industry was not an acceptable means by which to accomplish these goals.
Eagle pilots know far too well that a guaranteed job at the mainline carrier can quickly be delayed by a decade or more, and further degradation of our segment of the industry not only fails to address cyclical stagnation but also severely damages pattern bargaining for our sister carriers.
US Airways has indicated that if the Eagle pilots do not enter into this agreement with management, then it will source these deliveries elsewhere. The burden now falls on our brothers and sisters at other carriers to take their own stand and stop further degradation of the industry by making concession after concession for the promise of new metal. We will continue to support them in this cause.