Thu, Mar 01, 2007
Claims 2004 Merger Violates Contracts
Airways and America West pilots filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia's
US District Court Wednesday, that claims management is merging the
US Airways Group, Inc. made the decision to combine its
reservation systems this weekend, prompting the lawsuit. The Air
Line Pilots Association claims this move eliminates the America
West name in violation of a union agreement and federal law,
according to The Associated Press.
"US Airways wants desperately for our pilots to look like, dress
like, and act like they work for a merged airline," ALPA chairman
Jack Stephan said. "The only road to a real merged airline is
through a single contract."
Federal law requires carriers that merge to operate with a
single pilot contract. The union asserts company leaders made a
promise to keep the airlines separate, until such time as an
agreement can be reached.
US Airways spokeswoman Andrea Rader contends the pilots union is
"The airplanes continue to be operated as America West or as US
Airways," she said. "If you look at the tail number, an America
West plane will continue to have an America West tail number. The
crew flying it will continue to be an America West crew."
Management plans to meet with pilots, Rader said, Thursday in
Washington, DC to work on a combined contract.
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