Pilot union says it wants to help reduce delays on American

November 19, 2018 - 5:45 pm

DALLAS (AP) — Union leaders say pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes they say will reduce flight delays.

Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said that pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract is due for renewal in January 2020.

They're working under a 2015 contract that granted immediate 23 percent raises plus 3 percent each year. In 2017, American gave pilots and flight attendants additional pay raises that totaled close to $1 billion and angered some investors.

Carey also wants American to reduce its practice of shifting on-duty pilots to fill in for others who call in sick, can't legally handle a flight because of crew-rest requirements, or other reasons.

American has the worst 2018 on-time record of the four largest U.S. airlines.

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