Support from different labor union was a crucial element when US Airways pushed for its merger with rival American Airlines. However, the CEO Doug Parker of the world’s largest airline is being criticized by those same unions due to pay that is behind that of rival Delta.
Pilots’ union leaders said they lost their confidence in Parker’s ability along with that of senior executives at American to lead the company. On Tuesday, flight attendants were picketing at the headquarters of American as well as at three major airports.
Unions have complained about the less pay and the lower profit share compared to Delta Air Lines. It rival said it would pay close to $1.1 billion to employees for their part of the company’s profit for 2016. American has set aside in comparison just $314 million for the same.
American has said that it increased wages along with benefits more than $3.5 billion from the time US Airways and it merged in 2013.
Airlines today have become very profitable following a number of them merging. Parker has pledged that American would provide pay that leads the industry when contracts are renegotiable but that does not take place until 2020 where pilots at American are concerned.
The pilots wanted to receive upgrades after pilots at United and Delta both received raises in 2016.
The board of Allied Pilots Association approved unanimously a resolution Monday that said it lost its confidence in the American CEO. Dan Carey the union president said the airline made some questionable decisions which have keep it behind rival Delta in operation, customer satisfaction and revenue.
Matt Miller a company spokesperson said the airline shares the goal of the union in making it a great workplace and was pleased with progress made, so further dialogue in public does not serve any purpose.
Flight attendants at American were picketing on Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas at American’s headquarters, as well as airports in Miami, Los Angeles and Charlotte, all busy American hubs.
Bob Ross the union president said despite profits that reached new record highs, flight attendants at American received less pay than other airlines and were upset about frequent meltdowns of computer systems, bad schedules as well as their new uniforms, as some said they cause them to have allergic reactions.
Flight attendants received pay increases on average of 27% since the American merged with US Airways. The company in November said pilots’ pay climbed on average by 53% over that same period.
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