American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is rewarding employees who have already reached new labor agreements with the company with an extra 4-percent raise.
The raise, which is added to employee's base salaries, will also go to all managers below the level of director.
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Parker is also dangling the raise at the airline's pilots who are fighting with him over a new contract. The pilots can either take the raise, in addition to a multi-year deal that's already been proposed to them, or forego the raise and move forward with a deal set out in arbitration.
Pilots pay rates would be lower under the arbitrated deal; however, they would preserve many of their work rules regarding rest, seniority and where pilots are based.