Allied Pilots Assn. (APA) president David Bates has resigned his post in the aftermath of American Airlines (AA) pilots’ rejection of a tentative labor pact he supported. Bates, a captain with the carrier, had told the 10,000 AA pilots represented by APA that voting for a labor accord agreed to with AA management, however imperfect, was a better alternative than leaving their fate up to a US bankruptcy court (ATW Daily News, Aug. 8). But following Wednesday’s 61%-39% vote ...

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