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    The Merge of Envoy with American

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    The B Scale

    “The B scale or two-tier pay scale is a system under which new employees earn less for doing the same job as the more senior employees. The first B scale implemented in the industry was at American Airlines in 1984, where new-hire pilot pay was 50 percent less than the original pay. This was to be a non-merging scale, that is, the 50 percent less was to be forever. At the time the B scale was adopted, American was planning a massive expansion and transition program.

    With the upcoming retirements and American's positioning to hire hundreds of pilots, the theory was that eventually everyone would be on the B-scale.

    In 1983, the APA’s leaders agreed to a contract that would pay newly hired pilots approximately one-half the going rate.

    Crandall, agreed not to lay off any pilots for the life of the contract, promised to recall 500 furloughed pilots by 1986, and established a profit-sharing plan.

    So in effect, this first major-airline B-scale bribed American’s 3,400 pilots with some middling benefits.

    Not that it benefited American’s pilots all that much. By the early 1990s, despite American’s phenomenal growth and the near doubling of its pilot force, lagging pay and increasingly harsh working conditions had made American’s flight crews among the angriest in all of aviation.”

    If history tends to repeat itself and Parker keeps following “The Playbook”, regional pilots will be paid like regional pilots even if they are at the mAAinline of their choice.

    -This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, business, events and incidents are the products of the author's imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.-
    Last edited by NoOtPilot; 09-07-2021 at 03:25 PM.

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