The labor disputes at American Airlines could be consider the world’s biggest soap opera. This fall, the airline made headlines for weeks with the pilot slowdown, which dropped its on time performance to 58 percent. Since then, the Allied Pilot’s Union sat down with the airline and negotiated a deal, which it would like the pilots to approve. The airline is also pushing for this agreement, which needs to be in place before it can emerge from bankruptcy.
However, with talks of an anticipated U.S. Airways/American Airlines merger, most unions have stated that they would prefer to be working with U.S. Airways management if there is indeed a merger. Too bad all is not rosy at U.S. Airways, where the flight attendants voted by a 94 percent margin to authorize a strike.
Watch as Peter joins the team at CBS This Morning to explain what the current labor troubles mean for all the travelers planning to fly this weekend and during the busy holiday travel season. Plus, find out how a merger will impact consumers and the increasingly consolidated airline industry in the long term.
Note: Peter’s report starts at approx 1:3o.
For more of American Airlines’ Labor Trouble this fall, check out:
- Peter’s CBS News report: Is American Airlines Back to Normal?
- Our news report: Is It Still Safe to Fly American Airlines?
- American Airlines Update: Maintenance Troubles and New Contract Talks
- Peter’s CBS This Morning Report New Trouble With American Airlines