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Allied Pilots Association Lauds Agreement between Air Traffic Controllers, Federal Aviation Administration

Dépèche transmise le 27 août 2009 par Business Wire

Allied Pilots Association Lauds Agreement between Air Traffic Controllers, Federal Aviation Administration

Allied Pilots Association Lauds Agreement between Air Traffic Controllers, Federal Aviation Administration

FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 11,500 pilots of American Airlines (NYSE: AMR), issued the following statement regarding the labor agreement the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently reached:

“We congratulate NATCA upon securing a new collective bargaining agreement after three years of protracted negotiations with the FAA,” said APA President Captain Lloyd Hill. “It appears the agreement represents a win-win outcome for both parties. NATCA achieved contractual enhancements for employees in a variety of areas, while the FAA gains the flexibility to redeploy workers to congested airports using Controller Incentive Pay. NATCA’s members will now have the opportunity to cast their vote to determine whether the contract meets their needs.

“Whatever the vote’s outcome, this labor agreement stands as a testament to the union’s tenacity and provides a valuable reminder about the importance of persistence in any difficult endeavor,” Hill said. “It also may well mark a turning point for the better in the working relationship between NATCA and the FAA, which would clearly be in the best interests of all concerned.”

That is the full text of APA’s statement.

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association—the largest independent pilot union in the U.S.—is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 11,500 pilots of American Airlines, including 1,892 pilots on furlough. The furloughs began shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Also, several hundred American Airlines pilots are on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s Web site address is www.alliedpilots.org. American Airlines is the nation’s second-largest passenger carrier and fifth-largest cargo carrier.

Business Wire

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