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The union representing American Airlines pilots said Wednesday that its board of directors rejected a proposed settlement that would have offered a roughly 19% increase over two years.

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which is the certified collective bargaining agent for all American Airlines pilots, confirmed to Fox Business that its board of directors rejected the proposal after failing to garner enough votes.


The APA tweeted on Wednesday that only five out of 15 people voted for it.

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APA spokesman Dennis Tajer told Fox Business that the proposed temporary settlement failed to meet membership’s contract goals.

“U.S. management has done little to address the contract provisions regarding schedule reliability and has instead focused on keeping mainline pilots’ pay increases as low as possible,” Tajer said.

Representatives for American Airlines did not respond to Fox Business’s request for comment.

Under the proposed proposal, pilots will receive a 12% pay increase immediately after the contract is signed and an additional 2% pay increase after two years, according to Reuters.

This differed slightly from American’s proposal in June to increase pilot pay by about 17% by the end of 2024.

CEO Robert Isom said in a video sent to pilots over the summer that airline employees will be “paid well, and paid competitively, no matter what.”

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The APA is not only demanding higher pay, but it is also looking for better schedules, especially as the industry grapples with staffing shortages.

“Management’s failure to invest in a pilot contract to meet passenger demand only creates more uncertainty for the holiday travel season and even next summer,” Tajer said. ”

It is not the only pilot union pushing for significant wage increases amid a tough time for the industry.

On Tuesday, United Airlines pilots heavily rejected a temporary contract that would include a roughly 15% increase over 18 months.

The Air Lines Pilots Association (ALPA) said it is determined to win an industry leading contract “that fully recognizes our contribution to the success of our airline.”

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United said the two sides are working on a new deal that is expected to include better pay rates and other reforms.

Delta pilots represented by ALPA voted on Monday to authorize union leaders to strike if necessary to obtain a new contractual agreement.

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The union said its pilots are still operating under pay rates, contractual provisions and benefits that were negotiated six years ago.

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Delta told Fox Business that “ALPA’s stated purpose for voting is only to leverage our pilot contract negotiations, which continue to make progress under the normal procedure set forth by the Railway Labor Act and in partnership with the National Arbitration Board.”

Still, after making significant, the carrier says it’s confident progress in negotiationsThat the two parties will reach a “fair and equitable” settlement.