Pilots are angry because Parker has declined to reopen their 2015 contract to bring pay in line with new rates at Delta, United and Southwest. He said their pay will remain fourth-highest until the next negotiation in 2019, when the airline will offer more than rivals. Aviators since have twisted American's "going for great" slogan to "going for fourth," and union leaders have urged members not to volunteer for extra work.
The pilots' union says it's seen an unprecedented quadrupling of fatigue reports because of a new scheduling system that puts pilots at the edge of federal flying limits. An effort to improve on-time performance by closing jetway boarding doors 10 minutes before a scheduled departure time also has riled some pilots.