New York City flight club Flight Club said on Monday it won the right to bargain with the New York Taxi Workers Union (NYTU), following a week of negotiations that ended without an agreement.
Flight Club CEO John Dutko told the Associated Press that the union “has done nothing wrong and will continue to do nothing wrong” in its attempts to get the company to negotiate.
“We are here to fight and we will continue fighting for every penny we can get,” he said.
Dutkos company had threatened to walk out of the negotiations in January after the union and its supporters staged a strike at the airport.
But Dutkovos union backed down in January, saying it would accept a one-year contract extension in exchange for a $15 per hour wage increase.
He told the AP that the city has yet to offer any new proposals to him.
DUTKO said he will keep working to improve the company and “will be able to offer new opportunities to our workers as we get closer to a solution.”
New York has one of the highest levels of unemployment in the country.
Earlier this month, the city announced a $16.6 million strike fund to help workers get their jobs back, but said it would be capped at $10 million.
D utko has also faced criticism for the airline’s hiring practices and the low pay of some of its flight attendants.
In January, Dutkos company announced a new contract that includes $1 million in bonuses and paid leave.
It also said it was cutting staff costs by 20 percent, while hiring additional pilots and pilots’ assistants.
The airline has been one of President Donald Trump’s top critics.
The New York Times reported on March 14 that Trump asked the airline to hire more pilots because of “his fears about the industry.”
The Times also reported that Trump called Flight Club’s chief financial officer, a man who once worked at the Trump Organization, and asked him to “make sure the airline had enough pilots.”
He also reportedly told him, “I am going to have to cut all the jobs, but if you can’t do that, then you have to keep doing what you are doing.”
In December, the airline said it planned to cut 400 jobs from its workforce, and said it had cut the number of pilots and flight attendants by 30 percent.
It is the largest cut in its history, and comes after a series of other industrywide layoffs in recent years.
The company said in December it was laying off employees in parts of the U.S. and Canada, while reducing the number it would serve from about 2,200 to 1,800 flights per month.
The city has offered Flight Club a $12.5 million payment for the year, but it declined to give details on the money, citing the ongoing negotiations.
Duttos union has also been one focus of Trump’s ire.
Last month, he said that if the airline didn’t pay dues, the company would take the strike off the table.
Dutsko said the union would continue to pursue a settlement, and the company will continue working to increase the pay of its employees.
“It is a situation that is not a good one,” DutKos said.
“If we get an agreement, we will take the contract into consideration and then we will look at everything.”