APA president Bates resigns after contract vote

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Allied Pilots Association (APA) president captain David Bates resigned from his position today, following the rejection of American Airlines' final contract offer yesterday by the union's members.

Bates backed ratification of the contract instead of allowing the US bankruptcy court judge to rule on whether American could annul its existing labour agreements, a move that is expected on 15 August.

"Although I believe that ratifying the tentative agreement would have been the best course for our pilot group, the majority of our pilots signalled their preference for taking a different path," says Bates in a letter to APA members today. "Given these circumstances, I concluded that continuing to serve as your president was not in the interests of the pilots I have been charged with representing."

The APA board of directors will meet later today to decide on a replacement, says the union.

Bates served as president of APA for two years and has been active in the union since he joined American in 1984. He is based in Miami and flies the Boeing 777 for the airline.