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American Airways pilots’ union plan airport pickets as labor stress over fatigue, overscheduling heats up

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Pilots discuss as they have a look at the tail of an American Airways plane.

Mike Stone | Reuters

The labor union that represents American Airlines‘ pilots mentioned Tuesday that it’s planning to picket on the provider’s main hubs this fall to protest overscheduling, fatigue and a lack of hotels for crews over the summer season.

American and Southwest Airlines‘ flight attendants’ unions have complained about comparable points.

The pilots’ union’s plans are the most recent signal of rising tension between some labor teams and airways’ administration, which have scrambled to maintain up with journey demand in the course of the peak trip months, to seize income after the pandemic sparked a chronic stoop for the trade.

The Southwest Airways Pilots Affiliation, which represents Southwest‘s roughly 9,000 pilots, final month mentioned it’s considering picketing at U.S. airports throughout end-of-year holidays over comparable points. These plans are nonetheless beneath contemplating, the union’s president Casey Murray informed CNBC on Tuesday.

The Allied Pilots Affiliation, the union that represents American’s 15,000 pilots, is in the course of contract negotiations with the airline, as is the provider’s flight attendant union.

The union mentioned it was planning to picket at American’s hubs in Miami Worldwide Airport, Dallas/Fort Price Worldwide Airport and others “within the coming weeks.”

“Our airline wants scheduling practices that assist the protection margin, respect pilots’ and passengers’ wants, and de-risk American Airways to guard and enhance income,” the union mentioned in a observe to members.

American did not instantly remark.