Posted: Sep 14, 2012 5:17 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2012 5:18 PM
DALLAS (AP) American Airlines says it still wants to work out a new contract with its pilots. Nevertheless, the president of the pilot's union says a deal is less likely now that American has imposed its own terms covering pay and work rules.
Acting Allied Pilots Association president Keith Wilson says "the pilots are mad." In Wilson's words, "This corporation is not treating any of the employee groups with the respect they deserve."
American has been under bankruptcy protection since November. It had warned pilots that it would impose its own terms if pilots rejected the company's final contract offer, so they did last month.
Wednesday night, the company detailed new working terms for pilots. They include more power for American to make revenue-sharing deals with other airlines and shift more flying to smaller, regional carriers. Both are steps that could reduce pilot jobs at American. The company will also freeze one of the pilots' pension plans and terminate another in November.
Pilots will work under those terms until the company and union agree on a negotiated contract to replace the one thrown out by a federal bankruptcy judge. Creditors of American parent AMR Corp. say they still want the Fort Worth, Texas, company to negotiate a new contract with pilots, and so does American, but there have been no negotiations for several weeks.