APA board clears tentative agreement with American Airlines for ratification vote

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The Allied Pilots Association's board of directors has approved a tentative agreement with American Airlines and will send the package to members for a vote on whether to ratify the new contract.

The APA board approved the agreement-in-principle by a 12-4 vote today about a week after it was accepted by the union's negotiating committee.

American and the APA reached the agreement after several weeks of tense negotiations. The union's membership rejected the last agreement approved by the APA board in August, which led to the ouster of former APA president captain David Bates.

In September, the airline experienced a surge in pilot-ordered maintenance actions that delayed thousands of flights.

American Airlines parent AMR remains under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The process allows the company to reject existing collective bargaining agreements, but prefers that unions and management reach a consensual agreement.