American Airlines is no longer asking its pilots to expand scope clauses but isn't making any other changes to its contract proposal made last week, the pilots union said on Tuesday evening.
In a message to pilots, the Allied Pilots Association said the Fort Worth airline did not agree to any of the union's counterproposals which included 26 percent pay increases for some pilots in 2015.
"While your APA leadership is not satisfied with where things stand in bargaining, we will continue discussions with management in an effort to secure additional value that recognizes the critical leadership role of American Airlines pilots.
The union said negotiators will meet with the company tomorrow to address questions the union has on some of American's proposals.
Last week, American sent a formal contract proposal to the APA board that included an 18 percent pay raise that would take effect on Dec. 1 and a scope change that would allow regional carriers to fly medium-size planes with up to 70 seats.
The two sides have continued contract negotiations even though a Saturday deadline passed. They are hoping to reach a deal for pilots to vote on before the scheduled start of binding arbitration in mid-January.
Keep reading for the full hotline message from APA.
APA HOTLINE NOVEMBER 18
The APA board of directors reconvened at 1 p.m. Central today and spent the bulk of the afternoon in executive session discussing next steps in the joint collective bargaining agreement talks.
The APA Negotiating Committee debriefed the board on management's response to APA's comprehensive counter-proposal. Management removed their Scope-related proposal from the JCBA negotiations. However, management did not agree to any of APA's new proposed items from last week. While there was no change to previously announced tentative agreements, management indicated that their comprehensive proposal from last week minus their previous Scope "ask" remains unchanged.
The APA Negotiating Committee indicated that they have questions concerning several of management's proposed items. Our negotiating team and management are scheduled to meet again tomorrow morning to further address these items.
The board recessed this evening and will reconvene at 9 a.m. tomorrow to resume discussion of next steps. While your APA leadership is not satisfied with where things stand in bargaining, we will continue discussions with management in an effort to secure additional value that recognizes the critical leadership role of American Airlines pilots.
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