American says that out of 200,000 flights scheduled during the month of December, "only a few hundred" still now lack pilot assignments.
"While the overtime is legal, the way they're doling out is not in compliance with our contract", said Capt. Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the APA in an interview with CNN.
The airline said that "only a few hundred" flights out of 200,000 scheduled for next month don't have pilots assigned to them, after a scheduling platform glitch allowed too many pilots to take vacation during the busy holiday travel period in late December. You want the days off?
Yesterday, it was first revealed that a computer glitch in the system that bids for pilots' time off based on seniority resulted in thousands of pilots erroneously receiving vacation during the week of Christmas.
American says reserve pilots will be able to fly most of the flights, and it's offering premium pay for pilots to work certain routes. The contract means they can not offer any more overtime pay. "We will work with the APA to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays".
"We are working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season", the airline said in a statement.
"On Friday, management disclosed a failure within the pilot schedule bidding system". The system let pilots drop some trips they had been assigned next month because it wrongly showed there were sufficient crew members willing to pick up the flights.
However, the APA has already filed a grievance about that idea, saying the company's proposed solution violates its contract because American "unilaterally invoked a solution for crewing affected flights".
'Management's actions are in direct violation of your contract'. You got it.' I'm watching a Grinch that stole Christmas thing happening.