US Airways’ management and it’s labour unions are at odds with each other on a good day, especially with the bitter merger between America West and US Airways, but the airline has managed to win the support of three major American Airlines unions in regard to a potential bid by US Airways to take over American Airlines.
As American Airlines’ parent corporation AMR remains focused on strengthening the company to emerge from bankruptcy as a solid company, labour remains focused on next week’s hearings that may allow AMR to terminate their existing labour contracts.
American Airlines unions support the potential take over based on the US Airways’ promise to undo AMR’s shedding of jobs, although how much of US Airways’ intent is rooted in rhetoric rather than reality would remain to be seen should the two airlines combine to become one.
Interestingly, the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents AMR regional carrier American Eagle, supports US Airways taking over American Airlines, as AMR continues to explore selling off American Eagle from the company.
Will AMR’s board and stakeholders fight or embrace the consolidating of the two carriers? Their decision will be based on the best perceived financial outcome, and that has not been determined.
Fellow BoardingArea.com blogger Mike Reed, author of Getting Status, writes a different point of view on AA Unions’ supporting US Airways’ bid for American Airlines today as well … take a look – AA Flight Attendant files brief decrying APFA union