(The following press release from Intl. Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers was received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.)
Joseph Tiberi, IAMAW
301 967 4552 (office)
301 529 9341 (cell)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Machinists Union to US Airways: Contracts First, Merger Second
Washington D.C., 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, has been 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 regulatory
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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