American Airlines Sends Pilots a Nasty Letter
Airline accuses pilots of calling in sick to snarl flights
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 6:45 PM CDT
Over 200 American Airline pilots march on a picket line at O'Hare International Airport Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in Chicago, Ill.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – The labor dispute at American Airlines got ugly this week. The carrier accused its pilots of snarling thousands of flights by calling in sick and writing up needless maintenance orders, the LA Times reports. American even threatened a legal injunction if the alleged tactics continue. "We must take appropriate steps to protect the company and the many constituents who depend upon it," wrote an American executive in a letter.

A spokesman for the carrier's 10,000 pilots says negotiations were imminent until the letter arrived "like a bucket of ice water on the process." So talks are on hold, and union leaders plan to meet Tuesday. Meanwhile, the carrier's on-time arrival rate reached 61% this morning, reports Bloomberg—a far cry from its usual 80%. Overall, American plans to reduce labor costs by up to 20%, and pilots say they're worried about rising healthcare costs, outsourcing, and pension cuts, among other issues.

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Sep 29, 2012 2:57 PM CDT
No, they didn't send "pilots," they sent a "nasty letter." So much for proper grammar. But, then, this is "newser."
Sep 29, 2012 7:44 AM CDT
Unions while achieving a lot of the good things for the average worker in the past are now looking like they are just greedy.
Sep 29, 2012 6:03 AM CDT
AA sent a relatively cordial communique to the president of the pilots' union requesting to restart negotiations. This was agreed to by the APA as being in the best interests of all concerned. "Within 24 hours of being asked to return to the bargaining table they essentially take a baseball bat to the side of our heads and threaten legal action." - APA spokesman Sounds to me like infantile management at AA guaranteeing that any talks would be DOA.