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American Airlines pilots’ union plans to picket airports as tension over fatigue, overscheduling heats up

  • The Allied Pilots Association said it is making plans to picket at major American Airlines hubs like Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth.
  • Southwest Airlines pilots' union is also planning to picket over the holidays to protest similar issues.

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Pilots talk as they look at the tail of an American Airlines aircraft.Mike Stone | Reuters

The labor union that represents American Airlines' pilots said Tuesday that it is making plans to picket at the carrier's major hubs this fall to protest overscheduling, fatigue and a lack of hotels for crews over the summer.

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

The pilots' union's plans are the latest sign of rising tension between some labor groups and airlines' management, which have scrambled to keep up with travel demand during the peak vacation months, to capture revenue after the pandemic sparked a prolonged slump for the industry.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, which represents Southwest's roughly 9,000 pilots, last month said it is considering picketing at U.S. airports during end-of-year holidays over similar issues. Those plans are still under consideration, the union's president Casey Murray told CNBC on Tuesday.

The Allied Pilots Association, the union that represents American's 15,000 pilots, is in the middle of contract negotiations with the airline, as is the carrier's flight attendant union.


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