Members of the Transport Workers Union of America announced Wednesday that members at two American Airlines bargaining units voted to ratify new contract agreements with AMR Corp., but Bloomberg reported that members of the Allied Pilots Association voted to reject new agreements.
Fort Worth-based AMR (PK:AAMRQ) is the parent company of American Airlines and regional carrier American Eagle. It has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since November.
Bloomberg said the pilots' rejection likely would cause AMR to ask Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane for permission to break its existing contract with the APA and to impose AMR's pay and work terms on the pilots.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane had given the company and the unions more time to work out agreements ahead of any ruling on the Chapter 1113 motion to end the agreements. He was expected to announce that ruling next week.
The results of the flight attendants' contract vote are due on Aug. 19.
Members of the Allied Pilots Association voted against the contract by a margin of 4,600 to 2,935, Bloomberg reported.
The TWU said Wednesday that members who work in the mechanics and related classifications voted in favor of an agreement by a margin of 50.25 percent to 49.75 percent.
Stores workers voted for the agreement by a 79 percent to 21 percent margin. Those employees work closely with mechanics in handling inventory and materials for aircraft maintenance, the union said.
"There is a lot of frustration associated with this entire bankruptcy process, which is designed to facilitate concessions and to ensure the reorganization of the debtor, rather than advance the interests of working people," TWU International President James C. Little said in a release. "That is how it has worked in every airline bankruptcy. Our goal has been to maintain our options and lessen the impact on our members, and these agreements are part of that process. Nobody is happy with a concessionary agreement, and our members are still waiting to see a business plan that instills confidence. But this result a lot better than what our members would have faced with a court-imposed solution."
Lance Murray edits and writes for the DBJ's website and can be reached at 214-706-7106
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