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Thousands of Pilots to Advocate for Scheduling Reforms
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 31, 2022) – Members of the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, will be among the thousands of airline pilots advocating for industry changes heading into the busy Labor Day weekend.
Members of APA will conduct informational picketing outside American Airlines’ headquarters in Fort Worth between 8 and 10 a.m. Central on Sept. 1. On that same day, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), will host similar events in 13 other cities across the nation. What do all of these pilots employed by a variety of carriers have in common? We want our airlines’ management teams to end the scheduling bottlenecks that cause chaos for passengers and pilots.
“Management’s history of serving up crisis after crisis has impacted us to the point that fatigue calls have skyrocketed,” said APA President Capt. Ed Sicher. “Margins of safety are clearly being compromised.”
APA has proposed scheduling reforms that would support the safety margin and respect pilots’ and passengers’ needs. We need these reforms, our passengers need them, and the company’s shareholders need them. These reforms would also help address American’s staffing shortfall by making the airline more attractive to prospective new-hire pilots.
Thursday’s picketing event is just one of the ways APA is emphasizing the need for reforms. The others include:
Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.