Members of the union representing American Airlines pilots today rejected the tentative agreement that its negotiators had reached with the airline, while members at two American bargaining units of the Transport Workers Union of America voted to ratify their new contract agreements with American, according to announcements from the two unions.
The pilots’ vote was 4,600 for to 2,935, against, while the TWU said that members at its Mechanics and Related Classifications unit voted in favor of the agreement by a vote of 50.25% to 49.75%, and Stores workers voted in favor by 79-21%. As reported, members of five other American bargaining units represented by the TWU had previously reached new labor agreements with American.
The Allied Pilots Association said its board of directors was now in session at the union’s headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, “discussing next steps.”
Results are due Aug. 19 from a vote by members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants on American’s final offer to them.
Still pending is a decision from the bankruptcy court overseeing the company’s Chapter 11 proceedings on whether American can reject its collective-bargaining agreements under Section 1113, and while the court will now presumably issue a ruling at least insofar as it pertains to the APA, the overall timing of the decision is uncertain. The court had previously agreed to delay a decision until Aug. 15 in order to first get the results of the APA and TWU votes on the company’s last offers, and thus potentially avoid the need for a ruling, but Judge Sean Lane was also expected, although he had not so publicly committed, to delay his ruling to Aug. 19 to allow the APFA vote to be completed. – Alan Zimmerman