The pilots union for American Airlines is asking its membership to take a strike vote that the airline says is illegal.
The Allied Pilots Association, which last month turned down a last best offer from American, says the union board voted unanimously to send a strike ballot to the membership because they demanded it.
Furthermore, the union says, it wants a contract that reflects the industry standard and keeps up with the level of pay and benefits other pilots in the industry enjoy.
"The pilots contract is the underpinning of our profession and without that you're reduced to the level of the Stone Age in terms of working conditions, your pay, your retirement, your benefits," Allied Pilots Association representative Tom Hoban said. "And that's not something this pilots group is not going to stand for."
American says any attempt to strike is illegal while the airline is in bankruptcy and that could hint at the outcome, which could take as many as three weeks.
In fact, airline representative Bruce Hicks, issued this statement: "The APA's own general counsel reminded the union in a memorandum to its national officers and board of directors posted Saturday that any job action would be unlawful. So, it's obvious this announcement is simply a diversionary tactic … At the same time, we remain committed to bargaining in good faith with APA for an agreement that addresses the Company's needs and that pilots will find acceptable."
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