Feb 28,2007 00:00
Complaint Charges that
PHILADELPHIA - The US Airways and America West units of the Air Line Pilots Association, Intl. (ALPA) today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Philadelphia demanding that US Airways [NYSE: LCC] halt plans that attempt to illegally merge the airlines until a single contract is reached between both pilot groups, as is required under the Railway Labor Act and an agreement reached by the parties in September 2005.
The parties have been negotiating for a year and a half, but US Airways management is continuing to pass bankruptcy-era proposals that ignore the investment that the pilots made in order to keep their airline viable after 9/11. Until a single agreement is reached, the Company must operate both airlines separately. Instead, management apparently is trying to reap the benefits of the merger without fulfilling their promise to first get a single, fair pilot contract.
ALPA contends that US Airways is violating their obligation to negotiate a single agreement and asks that the status quo be maintained until then.
"US Airways continues to drag the merger process on and on, to the detriment of our passengers and our employees," said America West Master Executive Council Chairman Captain John McIlvenna. "Instead of focusing on productive negotiations, management is trying to grab operational efficiencies they can't legally have. Until the America West and US Airways pilots have a fair, single contract, we are far from being one airline."