The decision by American Airlines Group Inc.â€™s chief executive officer to skip an industry meeting with President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from the carrierâ€™s pilots union.
CEO Doug Parkerâ€™s failure to attend has â€œshaken our confidenceâ€ in his judgment, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said in a statement Friday.
â€œFor our airlineâ€™s CEO to say â€˜no thanksâ€™ to President Trump flat-out amazes me,â€ Carey said. â€œBased on the steady stream of e-mails and phone calls I have received from my pilot members, I have plenty of
American referred questions about the union chiefâ€™s remarks to a Thursday letter in which Parker told employees he was â€œcertainâ€ he made the right decision to stay in Texas to speak at a gathering of 1,600 of the airlineâ€™s managers. Parker told employees there was no political motivation involved and that he made sure ahead of time that Americanâ€™s concerns were communicated at the White House meeting.
Trump and executives from the biggest U.S. airlines, air-freight companies and airports discussed infrastructure spending, an overhaul of the air-traffic-control system, and changes to taxes and regulations,
The pilotsâ€™ union has criticized Parker and American in recent months for refusing to reopen a part of its contract early to negotiate new pay rates after significant raises for aviators at Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. The labor group has also accused American of failing to fully implement a contract agreed to in 2015 and cramming too many flights into the airlineâ€™s schedule.