American Eagle pilots ratify tentative labour agreement

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Pilots at American Eagle Airlines have ratified a tentative agreement with the regional carrier, says the airline's chief executive Dan Garton in a letter to employees.

"These agreements address the needs of our people and still help us achieve necessary cost savings," he says in the letter on 8 October.

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) American Eagle master council met in Dallas to approve the contract language in mid-September, which firmed up an agreement-in-principle with several changes to American Eagle's latest proposed term sheet to the pilots. Those changes included no pay cuts, longevity reductions or reductions in 401(k) contributions.

ALPA represents about 3,100 pilots at American Eagle, it says.

The airline also reached a tentative agreement with dispatchers represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America recently. American Eagle filed a motion to reject its contracts with workgroups for maintenance, dispatch and ground school instructors in September but it reached tentative agreements with all three groups after further negotiations.