The American Airlines Pilots’ Strike of 1999

An examination of the reasons for sick-out, legalities, issues at stake, management responses, assessment of the settlement and the court fine against the union.

The Pilots Strike Against American Airlines-February 1999
This research examines the Allied Pilots Association strike against American Airlines in February 1999. Technically, the labor action by the Allied Pilots Association was not a formally called strike, as the services of pilots were denied to American Airlines by individual pilots in the hundreds calling in as sick and unable to work. Legally, however, the federal court system treated the actions of the pilots against American Airlines as a strike.

Presentation of the Findings
The findings of this examination are presented in three major discussions. The topical foci of these discussions are (1) the issues precipitating the strike, together with the…