American Eagle pilots reach agreement as possible divestiture from AMR nears

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Published: July 28, 2011

The Air Line Pilots Assn. said it reached an agreement with American Eagle Airlines and American Airlines to provide “all Eagle pilots the opportunity to be hired by American Airlines in the future” following the planned divestiture of Eagle, AA’s longtime regional affiliate. ALPA said the “job progression and protection agreement” was “negotiated in anticipation of the potential divestiture of American Eagle from AMR Corp.” ( ATW Daily News, July 20 ).

According to ALPA, theagreement provides Eagle with “the ability to control pilot longevity over a significant period of time, while simultaneously providing pilot recruitment and retention tools. In turn, AA receives a guaranteed inflow of qualified pilots who have considerable tenure in the AA system, while helping to ensure proven, stable and long-term market rate feed.”

Under the agreement, ALPA said Eagle pilots will occupy a minimum of 35% of every AA new-hire class and “that percentage will increase to offset any potential periods of retraction.”

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