Machinists Union to US Airways: Contracts First, Merger Second
WASHINGTON -- February 14, 2013
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today
declared renewed contracts for its US Airways members must be concluded before
the IAM is willing to support the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.
“IAM members at US Airways need and deserve contracts now,” said IAM District
141 President Rich Delaney. “The Machinists Union will not allow US Airways to
stall our members’ contract negotiations while it devotes its attention to
merging with American Airlines. The IAM is prepared to support this merger
only if it provides real value to employees.”
“The IAM has been in negotiations with US Airways to amend existing contracts
for approximately two years,” said IAM District 142 President Tom
Higginbotham. “US Airways, however, is more concerned with courting American
Airlines than negotiating with its own employees.”
While US Airways and American Airlines today declared their intention to
merge, the pairing still faces many obstacles, including shareholder and
The IAM is the world’s largest airline union and its Air Transport Districts
141 and 142 represent more than 14,000 Mechanics and Related, Fleet Service,
Maintenance Instructors and Stockroom employees at US Airways, making it the
largest union at the airline. More information about the Machinists Union and
the proposed merger is available at www.usaaamerger.com.
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