Meant to post this earlier, but the day got away from me. US Airways has been at war with it’s pilots for waaay too long (7 years-ish, to be exact).
There have been a number of contract proposals, but no new contract since the merger between US Airways and America West.
Fast forward 6 and a half years, and US Airways bought some unsecured American Airlines debt so they could be involved in some of the creditor hearings. I thought that was a bit of a stretch, but if they really wanted to light money on fire, that seemed to be an issue between US Airways and it’s shareholders.
The best quote is from the union president, Gary Hummel: “Our motion recognizes that pilots of US Airways are equal partners in negotiations for a plan of reorganization that merges American Airlines and US Airways,”
I have no idea who he thinks they are equal partners with. They have no contract with their own airline. Now, that’s not all their fault. US Airways has had a pretty good hand in that. But, it’s in no way AMR’s fault. I’m not a lawyer, but this just seems like a complete waste of air.