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Unions Representing 70,000 American Airlines and US Airways Employees Applaud Decision by Texas Attorney  General Greg Abbott to Support the Combination of the Two Airlines

Charlotte, NC, Euless, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and Washington, DC – September 30, 2013 -- The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (“AFA”), the Allied Pilots Association (“APA”), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (“APFA”), the Communications Workers of America (“CWA”), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (“IBT”), the Transport Workers Union (“TWU”) and the US Airline Pilots Association (“USAPA”), unions representing 70,000 American Airlines, American Eagle and US Airways employees, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, technicians, aircraft dispatchers, call center representatives, and others, today commented on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s decision to support the combination of American Airlines and US Airways and to withdraw his participation in the US Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) lawsuit.

The unions issued the following statement:

We appreciate Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for supporting the combination of American Airlines and US Airways, adding his name to a long list of elected officials in Texas who support the merger. Over the past few weeks our members have shown – and continue to show – unprecedented support for this combination.  Our message “Let us compete.  Together.” is being heard loud and clear. 

This combination will allow our members to compete on a fair basis in the airline industry and to better serve customers with a stronger airline that will fly more people to more places.  Moreover, this combination enhances job security for employees of both airlines because they will be allowed to compete fairly with other merged carriers in the industry. 

Attorney General Abbott clearly recognizes the benefits this transaction will bring to Texas.  The Dallas-Fort Worth hub will continue to be a key hub of the new American and travelers coming in and out of Texas will benefit from greater connectivity and enhanced service.  The combined networks will employ nearly 25,000 people throughout the state of Texas, supporting economic growth in all of its communities.   

This combination makes sense for competition, customers, and our members we represent who want nothing more than to compete aggressively.  We will continue to make our voices heard. 

 

American Airlines And US Airways Team Members Say: 'Let Us Compete. Together.'

Hundreds of Employees, Labor Leaders and Members of Congress Rally To Speak Up for the New American

CHARLOTTE, N.C., EULESS, Texas, FORT WORTH, Texas, and WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 -- Over the past two days, hundreds of members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA ("AFA"), the Allied Pilots Association ("APA"), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants ("APFA"), the Communications Workers of America ("CWA"), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters ("IBT"), the Transport Workers Union ("TWU") and the US Airline Pilots Association ("USAPA"), unions representing 70,000 American Airlines and US Airways employees, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, technicians, aircraft dispatchers, call center representatives, airport customer service agents and fleet service employees, traveled to Washington D.C. and met with more than fifty Senators and nearly 300 congressmen to make the case for the benefits of combining American Airlines and US Airways.

The two-day event culminated in an employee rally on Capitol Hill, which was attended by members of Congress and the leaders of unions who demonstrated their support for the combination.

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Unions Representing 70,000 American Airlines and US Airways Employees Call for Speedy Trial in Merger Litigation

Let Us Compete for Your Business!

Charlotte, NC, Euless, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and Washington, DC -- Aug. 22, 2013 -- The Allied Pilots Association ("APA"), the US Airline Pilots Association ("USAPA"), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants ("APFA"), Association of Flight Attendants-CWA ("AFA"), the Transport Workers Union ("TWU") and the Communications Workers of America ("CWA"), unions representing 70,000 American Airlines and US Airways employees, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, technicians, aircraft dispatchers, call center representatives, and others, today echoed the companies’ request for a November 12, 2013 trial date in connection with the US Department of Justice’s ("DOJ") lawsuit.

The unions issued the following statement:

We urge the U.S. District Court and the Department of Justice to begin the trial on November 12, 2013 in order to get to a speedy resolution to this exciting merger.

Our message to consumers everywhere is simple: "Let us compete for your business" starting as soon as possible.

Our members want a fair shot at competing in the marketplace. The airlines we work for, US Airways and American Airlines, can together succeed in a way that neither airline can alone, bringing new competition to the domestic and international airlines that serve Americans. The improved network and higher quality product will attract new customers, allowing the airlines to compete with the megacarriers in a way neither airline can do alone, creating greater job security for our members as a result.

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Joint USAPA-APA Board Statement

Today the Allied Pilots Association National Officers and Board of Directors and the US Airline Pilots Association National Officers and Board of Pilot Representatives met at APA headquarters in Fort Worth, TX to affirm our mutual support of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. The APA and USAPA leadership likewise agreed to work cooperatively to represent the best interests of all of our pilots.

Also today, the USAPA and APA boards met with US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, President Scott Kirby and Executive Vice President, People, Communications and Public Affairs Elise Eberwein. The executives each delivered brief remarks to the pilot union boards and fielded questions from APA and USAPA representatives. The pilot representatives emphasized the need for a new culture that effectively engages employees and recognizes our pilots’ leadership role in the operation of the airline. The executives acknowledged the need to create a new corporate culture and to build trust and credibility between the airline’s management and front-line employees.

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Unions Representing 60,000 Airline Employees Unite in Their Strong Support of Merger between American Airlines and US Airways

JOINT RELEASE: Transport Workers Union (TWU), Allied Pilots Association (APA), US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) Working Together in the Creation of a Premier Global Carrier

DALLAS, Feb 14, 2013 -- Leaders from five major unions representing more than 60,000 American Airlines and US Airways employees today voiced their strong support for the merger of AMR Corporation (otcqb:AAMRQ), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. The merger of American Airlines and US Airways was announced today.

Laura Glading, APFA President said: "It's been a long, tough road but the result is well worth it. Today's announcement proves that everyone benefits when labor has a seat at the table. The new American will provide job security and fair compensation for all employees and another great option for the flying public. Flight attendants are eager to help build a strong and competitive airline and restore American's prominence."

Deborah Volpe and Roger Holmin, Presidents of the Association of Flight Attendants - CWA at US Airways said: "Flight Attendants are ready to participate in the benefits that will be generated by the strong network combination of American Airlines and US Airways. We are proud to be a part of the frontline that makes our airline a success and we look forward to the new opportunities we will generate by working alongside our counterparts at American."

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US Airline Pilots Association Addresses Possible Merger with American Airlines

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 20, 2012 -- This morning, US Airways Management announced they have signed agreements with three unions at American Airlines, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), and the Transport Workers Union (TWU). The three unions issued a joint statement of support for a merger with US Airways.

USAPA's Officers have been in conversation with their counterparts at the Allied Pilots Association the past few days, and have scheduled their first face-to-face meeting next week to discuss the details of a potential merger.

“The pilots from American Airlines and US Airways have a lot in common," USAPA President Captain Gary Hummel stated. "After the 9/11 attacks, American pilots took billions in contract concessions that remain in effect. Likewise, the US Airways pilots lost their pensions and gave up more than $7 billion in wage and benefit concessions in order to keep their airline solvent. There have been very few tangible benefits for US Airways pilots as a result of the 2005 Merger with America West, which still has not been fully completed.”

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US Airways Pilots Express Concern Following Publishing of FAA's New Rest Rules

New rules allow for increased flight time and fail to address fatigue throughout the industry

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec 27, 2011 -- The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways, expresses concerns over the new FAA Flight and Duty Time rule addressing pilot crew rest. The new rule is the result of efforts to address pilot fatigue, brought to light primarily as a result of the fatal accident of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo, NY that occurred in May 2009.

USAPA welcomes the publication of the long overdue rest rule, and acknowledges that positive steps were taken to mitigate fatigue in Wednesday's final ruling. However, USAPA believes some areas of the rule are in conflict with the stated goal of the improving passenger safety.

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Injunction Notice and Order

 

NOTICE TO ALL US AIRWAYS PILOTS

In July 2011, US Airways filed a complaint against USAPA alleging USAPA had violated and was violating the Railway Labor Act ("RLA") by, among other things, engaging in a concerted effort to interfere with US Airways’ airline operations, including but not limited to a slowdown, work stoppage, strike, sick-out, work to rule campaign, and other concerted refusals to perform normal pilot operations. At the time it filed the complaint, US Airways sought a preliminary injunction to prevent USAPA from engaging in the acts and conduct alleged in the complaint. After a full evidentiary hearing conducted on August 19 and 22, 2011, by decision and order dated September 28, 2011, the Court found there was evidence sufficient to meet the legal burden that USAPA had engaged in actions that violated the RLA.

The September 28, 2011 order specifically enjoins USAPA and its members, agents, and employees, and any persons and organizations acting in concert with, through, or under it, or by and through its order, from violating the status quo provisions of the Railway Labor Act and from permitting, instigating, authorizing, encouraging, participating in, approving, or continuing any interference with Plaintiff's airline operations, including, but not limited to, any slowdown, strike, work stoppage, sick-out, work to rule campaign, or any concerted refusal to perform normal pilot operations in violation of the RLA. This order continues in effect unless and until modified by the Court.

All US Airways pilots are instructed to fully perform their normal working schedules and practices.

All US Airways pilots who are engaging in a concerted refusal to perform normal pilot operations are directed to cease and desist from any concerted refusal to perform normal pilot operations, by engaging in acts including, but not limited to, slow taxiing, writing up all maintenance items, calling in fatigued, delaying flights, refusing to answer a call from the scheduling, refusing to fly an aircraft that meets the requirements for flight, or refusing to accept voluntary or overtime flying, and to cease and desist all exhortations or communications encouraging same.

USAPA will take all steps and measures to comply with the letter and spirit of the Court's order and instructs and directs all US Airways pilots to do the same. Any and all acts and conduct in violation of this Order may subject individuals and those acting in concert with them to punishment under the contempt powers of the Court.

A copy of the order issued by the Court is shown below.

US AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION

 

ORDER ISSUED BY THE COURT

September 28, 2011

The Court . . . HEREBY ORDERS:

1. USAPA and its members, agents, and employees, and all persons and organizations acting by, in concert with, through, or under it, or by and through its order, are enjoined from permitting, instigating, authorizing, encouraging, participating in, approving, or continuing any interference with Plaintiff's airline operations, including, but not limited to, any slowdown, strike, work stoppage, sick-out, work to rule campaign, or any concerted refusal to perform normal pilot operations in violation of the RLA, pending a hearing on the permanent injunction.

2. USAPA shall take all reasonable steps within its power to prevent the aforesaid actions and to refrain from continuing the aforesaid actions if commenced, including, but not limited to, the following:

a. Instructing all pilots represented by USAPA and employed by Plaintiff to resume their normal working schedule and practices and providing Plaintiff a copy of all such instructions;

b. Notifying all pilots represented by USAPA and employed by Plaintiff, by the most expeditious means possible, of the issuance, contents, and meaning of this Preliminary Injunction and providing Plaintiff a copy of all such notices;

c. Including in such notice a directive from USAPA to US Airways’ pilots who are engaging in a concerted refusal to perform normal pilot operations, including but not limited to, slow taxiing, writing up all maintenance items, calling in fatigued, delaying flights, refusing to answer a call from the scheduling, refusing to fly an aircraft that meets the requirements for flight, or refusing to accept voluntary or overtime flying, to cease and desist all such activity and to cease and desist all exhortations or communications encouraging same.

d. Posting the notice described above on Defendant USAPA’s internet websites and providing Plaintiff a copy of the notices;

e. Including the contents of such notice on any and all recorded telephone hotlines under control of USAPA, until such time as the Court has acted on Plaintiff's Motion for a Permanent Injunction, and providing Plaintiff a copy of all such messages; and

f. Distributing the contents of such notice through all non-public communication systems maintained by USAPA, including any telephone trees, text message lists, pilot-to-pilot communication systems, or similar systems, and providing Plaintiff a copy of the notices.

3. USAPA is prohibited from including in such notices (or distributing contemporaneously with such notices) any statements that are intended or could reasonably be interpreted to mean that pilots should continue to engage in the previously-described conduct notwithstanding the Preliminary Injunction.

4. USAPA shall report to the Court by 5 p.m. on October 4, 2011, by sworn affidavit, the methods used to effect the notice described above to all USAPA-represented pilots, and furnish to the Court copies of all notices required to be furnished to the Plaintiff under the Court's Order.

US Airways Pilots Alarmed At FAA's Continued Delay in Issuing New Flight and Duty Time Rules

The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots at US Airways, is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue new Flight Time/Duty Time Regulations without further delay. The latest deadline for publication -- August 1st -- has passed, and the process for receiving input was concluded last year. While the aviation industry waits on the FAA, it is USAPA's opinion that safety is being compromised.

On Feb 12, 2009, Continental Connection (Colgan) Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York killing 49 passengers and the crew, as well as one person on the ground. Fatigue was cited by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a contributory factor in this accident, and it is only the most recent of a long list of fatal accidents attributed to fatigue. The NTSB has been calling on the FAA to modify Flight and Duty Time regulations for over 20 years, however, to-date, the FAA has failed to revise the rules.

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