The resolution accused the management of reputation of crew manning, damaging the airline’s brand, failing to ensure reliable service.
The Allied Pilots Association, which represents 15,000 American Airlines pilots, has passed a new resolution calling for the elimination of managers running the airline’s crew manning and scheduling operations.
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A copy of the resolution obtained by Granthshala Business accused upper middle management of damaging American Airlines’ brand and reputation by failing to ensure reliable service for thousands of passengers.
“The APA Board of Directors believes it is in the best interests of American Airlines shareholders, employees, communities, and people traveling to be replaced by members of the management team that governs American Airlines operations. may,” the resolution said.
According to the APA, more than 60,000 passengers were affected by flight cancellations over the Father’s Day weekend alone.
“It is imperative that American’s schedule reliability is determined prior to the holiday travel season, when winter operations will be larger than last summer,” APA spokesman Dennis Tajer told Granthshala Business. “We are very concerned that with a winter storm during the critical holiday travel season, management will repeat the hundreds of summer flights canceled after the storm has passed.”
American Airlines, which is currently in contract negotiations with the APA, declined to comment on the proposal.
Although the company was plagued by staff shortages over the summer, US vice president of flight operations Chip Long told pilots in a memo sent before Labor Day that the airline had made significant staffing improvements since then. American in July announced plans to add 350 new pilots by the end of 2021 and 1,000 new pilots during 2022.
“We feel good about where we are today and have worked hard to be able to ensure that we are well prepared for success this year and beyond,” Long said.
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In addition to the resolution, the Allied Pilots Association plans to launch a series of informational picketing events, which will take place at Miami International Airport on October 19, Chicago O’Hare International Airport ORD on October 26, and Dallas/Forth Worth on November 4. International Airport and on December 9 at Los Angeles International Airport.