Eagle pilots reach tentative accord with AA on new contract

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Eagle pilots reach tentative accord with AA on new contract

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Eagle pilots reach tentative accord with American on new labor contract
By Aaron Karp
October 24, 2011

American Airlines (AA) regional affiliate American Eagle and the Air Line Pilots Assn. (ALPA) representing Eagle pilots reached a tentative agreement on an eight-year labor contract. The union said Friday the deal "provides greater job security when American Eagle is divested from American Airlines."

AA parent AMR Corp. said over the summer that it would divest Eagle, something it has tried previously but has been unable to achieve. Eagle and ALPA in July reached an agreement to provide "all Eagle pilots the opportunity to be hired by American Airlines in the future" following the divestiture, according to the union (ATW Daily News, July 28).

ALPA said that deal was a precursor to the tentative accord announced Friday. AA Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey, discussing the carrier's financial results last week (ATW Daily News, Oct. 20), said, "We continue to work on a divestiture of American Eagle."

ALPA said the tentative agreement "provides Eagle pilots with job stability, career advancement, and the opportunity to share in the economic success of the airline they helped build over the decades." It did not provide further details and emphasized that finalization of the accord requires additional steps.

"The next step in the process is to craft contract language with management, and if acceptable to the local pilot leadership, then the pilot group will vote on whether to approve the final agreement," it said.

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