JetBlue pilots reject American Airlines partnership deal

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JetBlue pilots reject American Airlines partnership deal
Wed February 17, 2021

Represented by Air Line Pilots Association, they seek to reach a tentative agreement contemplating better working conditions


The JetBlue pilots, represented by Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), rejected a tentative agreement that would have given the company contractual relief to implement the full JetBlue partnership. with American Airlines. More than 92 percent of eligible voters participated, and of those, 53.7 percent voted against the agreement.

“We trained for years and spent nights away from home to be a pilot. For any agreement to work, JetBlue management must provide acceptable assurances that our jobs are safe and valued for years to come. "

"Job safety, especially during turbulent points in our industry, is a top concern for all pilots," said Capt. Chris Kenney, president of ALPA's JetBlue unit. “We trained for years and spent nights away from home to be a pilot. For any agreement to work, JetBlue management must provide acceptable assurances that our jobs are safe and valued for years to come. "

Las cláusulas de alcance del acuerdo de negociación colectiva de 2018 entre los pilotos y JetBlue restringen los tipos de acuerdos de código compartido y empresas conjuntas que JetBlue puede realizar. El acuerdo tentativo brindó cierto alivio a estos límites con respecto a la asociación con American Airlines durante los próximos 10 años a cambio de un aumento salarial adicional y una mejora en la seguridad laboral.

"JetBlue pilots fought for years to achieve the safety provided in our contractual scope, and the pilots are committed to the long-term success of JetBlue," continued Captain Kenney. “If JetBlue wants this full partnership with American to be implemented and successful, they will need pilots to be a part of it. To do that, JetBlue management must show the same level of commitment to its pilots with contractual guarantees that protect our jobs and provide significant career enhancements. We are ready to work towards an acceptable resolution of these problems". 

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