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Allied Pilots Association: “Time is Critical” in British Airways Pilots’ Negotiations

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 25, 2019) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed strong support today for British Airways' pilots during their pay claim discussions with British Airways and IAG management.

“APA supports our brothers and sisters at British Airways in their efforts to obtain a fair agreement and ensure there will be no service disruptions for British Airways, American Airlines, and oneworld Alliance customers,” said APA President Capt. Eric Ferguson.

British Airways and its pilots have been in talks since November 2018 in an effort to resolve this dispute. On July 22, independent ballot scrutineers notified BALPA of the result of the BA Industrial Action ballot. Ninety-two percent of British Airways pilots voted in favor of strike action, with a 90 percent turnout.

“With this overwhelming pilot support for BALPA’s efforts to achieve a fair result, the Allied Pilots Association encourages BA/IAG negotiators to engage seriously and find a resolution to prevent disruption to customers’ travel plans. Given the importance of the partnership between American Airlines and British Airways, time is critical to ensure that all of our passengers experience the seamless service they expect and deserve,” Capt. Ferguson said.

He added that “the APA leadership’s position is that there is simply no need for this process to be drawn out further. It’s clear that the pilot group will not be worn down.”

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 15,000 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.

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