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American Airlines pilot union throws support to Republic Airways pilots

The president of the union that represents pilots of Texas-based carrier American Airlines (OTC: AAMRQ) has expressed strong support for the pilots at Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET) in their labour dispute with their parent company.

This union, the Allied Pilots Association, said that the Railway Labor Act governing airline labour negotiations specifies that contracts do not expire but instead become amendable on an agreed-upon date.

APA and Teamsters Local No. 357, the union representing the Republic pilots, are both members of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations.

In a vote conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7, 97.5% of Republic pilots signaled “no confidence” in Republic chief operating officer Wayne Heller and his senior management team. Previously, the Republic pilots voted overwhelmingly in favor of exercising their right to strike.

Along with improved pay and working conditions, the Republic pilots are seeking to address the high pilot attrition rate at the carrier and the impact of new Part 117 flight-time/duty-time regulations.

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association represents the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces.

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