Question of the Day: Would you give up your vacation for time and a half?

The Allied Pilots Association, the union that represents pilots for the carrier, said there was an issue within the pilot schedule bidding system, resulting in thousands of flights not having pilots assigned to fly them over the holidays.

The issue left American Airlines scrambling to come up with a solution, one in which the union says violates the contracts of pilots: to pay reserve pilots 150 percent of their hourly rate.

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