American Airlines And US Airways Team Members Say: 'Let Us Compete. Together.'

American Airlines And US Airways Team Members Say: 'Let Us Compete. Together.'

Hundreds of Employees, Labor Leaders and Members of Congress Rally To Speak Up
for the New American

PR Newswire


2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past two days, hundreds of members of the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA ("AFA"), the Allied Pilots Association
("APA"), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants ("APFA"), the
Communications Workers of America ("CWA"), the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters ("IBT"), the Transport Workers Union ("TWU") and the US Airline
Pilots Association ("USAPA"), unions representing 70,000 American Airlines and
US Airways employees, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics,
technicians, aircraft dispatchers, call center representatives, airport
customer service agents and fleet service employees, traveled to Washington
D.C. and met with more than fifty Senators and nearly 300 congressmen to make
the case for the benefits of combining American Airlines and US Airways.

The two-day event culminated in an employee rally on Capitol Hill, which was
attended by members of Congress and the leaders of unions who demonstrated
their support for the combination.

Laura Glading, President, Association of Professional Flight Attendants,
American Airlines, stated: "The DOJ's lawsuit to block the merger jeopardizes
the futures of our members and all of the hard-working aviation professionals
at American and US Airways. Our members have endured a turbulent aviation
industry over the past decade. The combination of American and US Airways
promises a more competitive airline with a reliable future and long term
opportunities. We strongly believe that this is the best path forward. That is
why our members have shown – and continue to show – unprecedented support for
this combination."

Bill Gray, Local President, Transport Workers Union, representing American
Airlines and US Airways TWU members, stated: "American and US Airways should
not be denied the opportunity to compete globally. The new American's strong
domestic network will serve as the foundation for enhanced international
service – and strongly position the combined airline to compete on a global

Capt. Gary Hummel, President, US Airline Pilots Association, US Airways,
stated: "The DOJ believes it is responsible for protecting consumers. As
professional airline pilots, you know that's our job as well. We realize that
airlines must be allowed to compete, yet still be able to invest in their
future. They must be able to not only survive, but be strong global companies,
capable of investing in the next generation of technology and aircraft, as
well as recruiting the next generation of our nation's talented youth to
safely pilot these planes. This merger enhances competition and makes sense
for our passengers while providing a more stable career path for future
pilots. That is how you ultimately protect the consumer."

Roger Holmin, President, Association of Flight Attendants, US Airways, stated:
"Flight Attendants are ready to make the most out of the opportunities
available through this merger. This combination is about certainty and
stability for workers and additional choices for passengers."

Capt. Keith Wilson, President, Allied Pilots Association, American Airlines,
stated: "What we are asking is simple: Let us compete. Together. American and
US Airways can succeed together in a way that neither can alone, bringing new
competition to the domestic and international airlines. We stand ready to
serve customers as the new American, and we deserve that shot."

Capt. David Bourne, Director Airline Division for the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing US Airways customer service agents,
stated, "The Teamsters fully support the merger of US Airways and American
Airlines. I have no doubt that this merger will allow our members to compete
on a fair basis in the airline industry and to better serve customers with a
stronger and more reliable airline. Moreover, this merger enhances job
security for employees of both airlines because they will be allowed to
compete fairlywith other merged carriers in the industry."

Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant
union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader
in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 68 years. Serving as the
voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the
media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession
by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight
Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong
Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at

Allied Pilots Association (APA)

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association—the largest independent pilot
union in the United States—is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA
represents the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines. Several hundred American
Airlines pilots are on full-time military leave of absence serving in the
armed forces. The union's Web site address is 

Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA)

Founded in 1977, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is
the largest independent Flight Attendant union in the nation. It represents
the 16,000 Flight Attendants at American Airlines. APFA Members live in almost
every state of the nation and serve millions of Americans as they travel the
nation and the world. Laura Glading is serving in her second four-year term as
president of the union. For more information visit

Communications Workers of America (CWA)

CWA, the largest telecommunications union in the world, represents over
700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors, including over half
a million workers who are building the Information Highway. CWA members work
in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing,
manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care,
education and other fields.

Transport Workers Union, AFL-CIO (TWU)

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) represents 200,000 workers and
retirees, primarily in commercial aviation, public transportation and
passenger railroads. Included in the union's membership are 26,000 workers at
American Airlines. TWU represents seven work groups at American Airlines
including Fleet Service, Aviation Maintenance Technicians (aircraft
mechanics), Stock Clerks, Dispatchers, Ground School Instructors, Flight
Simulator Technicians and Facility Maintenance Mechanics, TWU also represents
Dispatchers, Flight Crew Training Instructors and Simulator Engineers at US
Airways. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA)

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA)
represents the more than 5,000 mainline pilots who fly for US Airways. USAPA's
mission is to ensure safe flights for airline passengers by guaranteeing that
their lives are in the hands of only the most qualified, competent and
well-equipped pilots.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4
million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico, including customer service agents at US Airways.

AFA Contact:
Corey Caldwell: (202) 434-0586

APA Contact:
Tom Hoban: (817) 937 4796

APFA Contact:
Leslie Mayo: (949) 510-7272
Anthony DeMaio: (202) 292-3355

CWA Contact:
Candice Johnson: (202) 434-1168

TWU Contact:
Jamie Horwitz: (202) 549-4921

USAPA Contact:
James Ray: (980) 875-7642

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America,
AFL-CIO; Transport Workers Union, AFL-CIO; International Brotherhood of
Teamsters; Allied Pilots Association; US Airline Pilots Association;
Association of Professional Flight Attendants; Communications Workers of
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