American Airline pilots to strike if contract is imposed

Victoria
By Victoria August 27, 2012 16:57

American Airline pilots to strike if contract is imposed

Pilots union poised to strike at American Airlines if the carrier moves to impose any terms of the airline’s proposed labour contract. A strike cannot legally occur until the National Mediation Board (NMB) declares that the company and union are at an impasse in bargaining, which starts a 30-day period before any strike or lockout can occur. The NMB has not yet made such a determination, and that federal agency usually seeks to avoid a strike if at all possible.

American has re-filed a motion to request that the bankruptcy court give its permission for the airline to reject its pilot contract that has changes intended to meet the shortcomings the judge identified. The judge will approve the revised motion after a scheduled September 4 hearing. That would allow American to reject its pilot contract and impose its own proposed contract (which seeks to lower labor costs, mostly through work rule and benefit changes), although the two sides could still reach a negotiated resolution.

Victoria
By Victoria August 27, 2012 16:57
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