Pilots union chief says American-US Airways merger may not happen during bankruptcy
Source: Star-Telegram-Bloomberg News
By Mary Schlangenstein
DALLAS -- An American Airlines merger with US Airways may not occur while the company is in bankruptcy unless pilots unions from both carriers can agree soon on interim contract terms, American's pilots union warned Friday.
If an accord isn't reached "in the very near future, in all likelihood there will be no merger before American Airlines exits restructuring," Keith Wilson, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said in a message on the union's website.
The agreement would set wages, working conditions and terms to protect seniority until a joint contract for pilots at Fort Worth-based American and at the US Airline Pilots Association is negotiated, he said.
The pilot groups, joined by executives from both airlines, began negotiating the accord this month. American, which filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 29, 2011, has said it would prefer to assess mergers after leaving court protection.