US Airways makes deals with AA unions

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Updated: 4/20/2012 5:31 pm Published: 4/20/2012 9:11 am

US Airways Group Inc. says it has made deals with the three unions at American Airlines. 

The contracts would cover American Airlines workers if there's a merger with US Airways. However, US Airways says no deal on a merger has been made.

Unions at American Airlines say they support a potential takeover by US Airways, and could publically announce their support as early as today.  The unions believe that will give the company the best chance to grow and save jobs. A spokesman for American Airlines says the company is focused on it's own plan to reorganize under bankruptcy protection.

The company filed for Chapter 11 back in November, and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs including 2,800 union and non-union positions at Tulsa's maintenance base. 

US Airways says the deals are with the Transport Workers Union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and the Allied Pilots Association.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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BACitizen - 4/21/2012 1:04 PM
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Considering US Airways outsources it maintenance and has been through bankruptcy twice I don't see how this could be a good decision at all for AA members here in Tulsa or for American as a whole. US Airways has no viable network either that will add any value to American Airlines or a combined airline. This is possibly the worst decision the unions at American could have made (especially for Tulsa and the maintenance base and the economy). Plus it comes on the heels of AA trying to renegotiate contracts under bankruptcy starting Monday - just yet more union/AA management issues to continue keeping the airline from moving forward and becoming what it could be, should be and once was.
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