Posted on: 21 October 2011 by Ross McSweeny
American Eagle pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), have announced a tentative agreement with the airline’s management on an eight-year pilot contract designed to provide greater job security when American Eagle is divested by the AMR Corporation.
“Eagle pilots deserve a voice in the future of their company and their careers,” remarked Captain Tony Gutierrez, chairman of the Eagle Master Executive Council (MEC), the local governing body of ALPA. “The MEC can provide that to them with this agreement that secures significantly better job security than what is included in the Form 10 AE filed in August.”
“This enhanced job security should protect every pilot’s job for a minimum of 10 years,” he added. “This agreement combined with our recent ‘824’ agreement, which provides an opportunity for senior Eagle pilots to flow up to American Airlines, and Protected Pilot agreement, which provides all Eagle pilots the opportunity to be hired by American Airlines in the future, delivers a stable platform for all Eagle pilots who wish to move on to American as well as those who wish to remain at Eagle.”
From the moment the American Eagle pilots became aware of AMR’s exploration of the divestiture of American Eagle, pilot union representatives became actively engaged with American Eagle and American Airlines management, and remained committed to a productive relationship based on shared interests and a long-term stable growth model. This new agreement, says ALPA, 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. 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.