TWU Bid to Join AMR-US Airways Trial Opposed by U.S.

American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. oppose the Transport Workers Union’s bid to join the companies in fighting the U.S. lawsuit against their proposed merger, saying it would jeopardize the trial schedule.

The carriers said in a filing today in federal court in Washington that they represent the TWU’s interests and allowing its intervention could spur other unions to seek to participate.

“TWU’s intervention would complicate the proceedings, potentially jeopardizing the trial schedule,” American and US Airways said.

The union, which represents more than 20,000 workers at American and backs the merger, said it wants to intervene because the airlines “cannot and will not” adequately represent the union. The U.S. case against American parent AMR Corp. and US Airways seeking to block the merger is scheduled to begin trial on Nov. 25.

The Justice Department said today it also opposes the request, arguing it was filed too late.

“The TWU has waited until the eve of the close of fact discovery and only six weeks before the start of trial to file its request,” the government said.

The case is U.S. v. US Airways Group Inc., 13-cv-01236, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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