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Allied Pilots Association Supports Pilots of British Airways

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 9, 2019) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed strong support for British Airways pilots, who went on strike today for the first time in that carrier’s 100-year history.

“It’s unfortunate that the British Airways management team has provoked a strike, leading to cancellation of thousands of flights affecting tens of thousands of travelers,” said APA’s President, Capt. Eric Ferguson. “BA has thwarted our union brothers and sisters’ efforts to bargain in good faith, leaving them no other choice but to exercise their court-approved legal right to a work stoppage.”

When the 48-hour strike was announced on Aug. 23, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) estimated that one day of strike action will cost BA around 40 million pounds. BALPA pointed out that the gap between its position and BA’s is about 5 million pounds.

“The Allied Pilots Association supports our fellow pilots at British Airways in their fight to maintain and improve pay, benefits, and working conditions, which will lead to stable pilot schedules, improved safety of flight, and reliable schedules for the traveling public,” Capt. Ferguson said. “It is in the best interest of British Airways and Oneworld Alliance passengers for BA management to return to the table and negotiate in good faith to achieve a fair deal with its pilots.”

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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