American Airlines offers pilots higher raises in new contract proposal

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Pilots talk as they look at the tail of an American Airlines aircraft at Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport.

Mike Stone | Reuters

American Airlines‘ pilots union is weighing an offer for higher raises in a new two-year contract proposal, the latest attempt to seal up a labor deal at the country’s largest airline.

The airline is offering 12% raises on date of signing, plus 5% after one year, and 2% after two years, according to a copy of the proposal. The total would be higher than the raises American offered in June.

Airlines are scrambling to get labor deals done with pilots, their highest-paid unionized employees, and other groups. American and the other largest U.S. carriers – Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines – have been in negotiations with their pilot groups for months, with the pandemic derailing talks as travel demand collapsed.

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