Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The US Airways Pilots Resume Contract Negotiations Which Remains a Major Obstacle In The Three Year Old Merger of US Airways and America West

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two months after the National Mediation Board certified the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) to represent the US Airways pilots, the union today initiated pilot contract talks with US Airways Management that, if successful, will remove the major obstacle in bringing the two airlines together. Pilot negotiations broke off 10 months ago due to the disparate pay and working conditions between the two pilot groups, which the former bargaining agent could not resolve.

We believe its time for Management to complete the job it started three years ago and conclude the merger of US Airways and America West, said USAPA President Steve Bradford. Although we are hopeful, we will wait and see what Management does - not what they say.

USAPA represents over 5,000 US Airways pilots in seven domiciles across the United States.

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