American Airlines workers could get raises

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Updated: 1/29/2013 9:57 am Published: 1/28/2013 2:33 pm

A labor union says American Airlines ground workers would get immediate 4.3 percent raises if the carrier merges with US Airways.

Those raises would be in effect until the Transportation Workers Union negotiates a new contract with the combined carrier.

The President of the TWU, James Little, said Monday that it negotiated the pay hike with the two airlines, which have been discussing a potential merger for months.

The money would be in addition to terms of contracts that mechanics, bag handlers and other workers accepted in recent months.

Little told FOX23's Adam Paluka that he believes a merger between the two airlines is imminent.

"From what I see, and from what I hear, the creditors and the companies are working together. It appears in the 80 90 percentile that this (merger between American and U.S. Airways) may happen now."

Little says much of the negotiations are happening behind closed doors and the parties have signed a non disclosure contract. Still, he said he has discussed the future of Tulsa's American maintenance base with U.S. Airways leaders.

"They were eager to listen to what we had to say about the value that Tulsa brings. There's a lot of things that we do that they don't do."

American and parent AMR Corp. are operating under bankruptcy protection. AMR is considering whether to accept a merger pushed by US Airways Group Inc. or emerge from Chapter 11 on its own.

AMR's creditors will also have a role in the decision, which is expected in the next few weeks.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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