American Airways Pilots Union plans to picket the airport as work tensions rise

Pilots chat while looking at the tail of an American Airlines aircraft.

Mike Stone | Reuters

The union that represents American Airlines pilots said Tuesday it plans to picket key airline hubs this fall to protest over-planning, fatigue and the lack of hotels for the summer crews.

American and Southwest Airlines flight attendants unions have complained of similar issues.

The pilots union plans are the latest sign of mounting tensions between some groups of workers and airline management, which have scrambled to keep up with travel demand during the prime vacation months to generate revenue after the pandemic caused a prolonged slump in the industry .

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, which represents Southwest’s roughly 9,000 pilots, said last month it is considering picketing U.S. airports during the year-end vacation because of similar issues. These plans are still under scrutiny, union chairman Casey Murray told CNBC on Tuesday.

The Allied Pilots Association, the union of 15,000 American pilots, is in contract negotiations with the airline, as is the airline’s flight attendants union.

The union said it plans to picket American hubs at Miami International Airport, Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport and other pickets “in the coming weeks.”

“Our airline needs planning practices that support margin of safety, respect the needs of pilots and passengers, and American Airlines take fewer risks to protect and improve revenue,” the union said in a statement to members.

American didn’t immediately comment on this.

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