The union for American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) pilots has rejected the company’s offer to increase pilots’ pay during the busy holiday season. 

As a measure to avoid a repeat of massive flight disruptions, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) offered incentive pay to pilots on 19 peak-period days around the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays. The proposal included a 50% additional pay for flying done on peak period days and for work done by Check Pilots. 

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) board of directors, however, unanimously (20-0) voted against the proposal as they prefer to achieve permanent improvements.

In a memo dated November 9, 2021, the APA board said that, “While understanding that its rejection creates a disparity among our fellow work groups that have accepted management’s proffered incentives, the Board concluded that the need to achieve meaningful permanent improvements in a new collective bargaining agreement must remain APA’s focus.”

“APA has communicated at the bargaining table, and through higher level discussions, its ongoing frustrations with the pace of Section 6 negotiations and that meaningful Section 6 progress must be made. It’s ironic that fixes to many of the operational concerns that led management to offer incentives are directly addressed in APA’s Section 6 proposals, which management has been holding for months. APA’s targeted approach is designed to advance the contract, address quality-of-life concerns, and find sustainable solutions to improve operational integrity.”

On November 8, 2021, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) also offered its flight attendants a similar one-time holiday pay premium. It is not yet known whether the offer has been accepted.

American Airlines will increase holiday pay for flight attendants to avoid further flight cancellations over the upcoming season.