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American Airlines’ pilots overwhelmingly vote for potential strikes

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Following a ballot conducted by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents 15,000 of the airline’s pilots, a majority of American Airlines pilots approved the idea of a potential strike.

Voting on strike authorization started on April 1 and closed on April 30 at midnight (CT).

More than 99% of the APA membership voted in favor of authorizing a strike, with participation exceeding 96%.

The pilots of American Airlines are requesting a new contract as well as changes to the way they are scheduled and treated at work.

The airline’s CEO, Robert Isom, reportedly told CNBC that his business will equal rival Delta Air Lines, whose pilots earlier this year approved a four-year agreement with 34% raises and other changes.

“The APA membership has spoken. We will strike if necessary to secure the industry-leading contract that our pilots have earned and deserve – a contract that will position American Airlines for success,” said Capt. Ed Sicher, APA president. “With more than 99% of participating pilots voting in favor of authorizing a strike, our pilots’ resolve is unmistakable. We will not be deterred from our goal of an industry-leading contract.”

On May 1, 2023, APA members conducted informational picketing at all 10 of the airline’s major hubs: Boston (BOS), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), and Washington, D.C. (DCA).

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