Simulator instructors at American approve contract
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines said Friday that ground school and simulator pilot instructors ratified a new contract, while another small group of employees rejected a proposed deal.
The airline did not release details of the contracts.
American has about 160 ground school and simulator pilot instructors. They were represented by the Transport Workers Union, the same union that represented about 80 simulator technicians, who voted down their contract proposal.
American Airlines parent AMR Corp., which is in the process of spinning off its American Eagle regional airline, had about 78,000 employees at the end of 2010.
AMR officials have argued that the company's labor costs are higher than those at competitors. AMR was the only large U.S. airline operator to lose money last year and is expected to post another loss for 2011.
Negotiations with pilots, flight attendants and ground workers have dragged on since 2008. The labor groups are trying to recover from concessions they made in 2003, when the company was near bankruptcy.