American Eagle Accused of ‘War on Pilots’ Contract

 - April 21, 2008, 12:28 PM

A union leader has accused American Eagle of declaring war on its pilots after the company announced it was transferring 14 regional jets to another airline. Captain Herb Mark, chairman of the American Eagle unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, said in a statement, “Our collective bargaining agreement requires that if American Eagle transfers all or part of the airline’s operation, our pilots and contract will be transferred with the aircraft. Unless American Eagle management plans to comply with these provisions, their announcement amounts to a declaration of war against the Eagle pilots’ contract.” The airline had announced on July 18 its intention to move the Embraer 145 aircraft to Trans State Airlines, an American Connection carrier in November because of restrictions placed on regional jets by the pilots.