US Airways - America West Merger: Labor's Jaundiced View | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 08.24.15

Airborne 08.25.15

Airborne 08.26.15

Airborne 08.27.15

Airborne 08.21.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 08.24.15

Airborne 08.25.15

Airborne 08.26.15

Airborne 08.27.15

Airborne 08.21.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Fri, May 20, 2005

US Airways - America West Merger: Labor's Jaundiced View

IAMA Leader Says US Airways Bankruptcy Was Ruse To Dump Labor Agreements

Bill Wise smells something fishy.

The US Airways mechanic and vice president of the machinists' union at US Airways' hub in Charlotte said Friday he believed the company's merger with America West was the real reason behind its second bankruptcy filing.

"Now, the real story comes out," Wise told ANN. "[Management] turned down our concession offers so they could get out of" their labor contracts. By doing so, Wise said, US Airways was able to lower salaries and benefits to a level more in line with those offered workers by America West.

"We were forced in line," he said.

In Thursday's news conference from Tempe, AZ, announcing the merger, America West CEO Doug Parker acknowledged there would be job cuts among the two companies' 42,000 workers. "But we're talking four- or five-thousand cuts and saving 35,000 jobs," he said.

Wise suggests many of those cuts will be made in Charlotte, even after Parker and Lakefield offered North Carolina lawmakers assurances that the Charlotte hub would only grow.

The machinists handle much of the heavy maintenance workload at US Airways -- a task outsourced by America West. One major contractor for heavy maintenance on commercial aircraft is Air Canada -- a company that's invested millions in the merger. Wise believes the Air Canada investment comes with a simple caveat: All heavy maintenance for the new airline will be handled north of the border.

If approved by both regulators and a Northern Virginia bankruptcy judge, the two companies plan to blend operations within about three years. Wise figures he and the other 4,000 or so machinists in Charlotte have about that much time to look for other jobs.

FMI: www.americawest.com, www.usairways.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 08.27.15: Golden Wings Flying Museum, AUVSI v CA, FAA Delays Pilot DB

Also: Join The API!, ATC Goofs... Badly, Shuttle Water Tanks, Herlong Rebrands FBO, Gogo's Next Generation, China A/C Demand, Chatham MA RFP You won’t see us run very many fo>[...]

Boeing Completes 777X Firm Configuration

Milestone Establishes Basic Airplane Design; Program On Track For First Delivery In 2020 Boeing has completed the firm configuration milestone for the 777-9, the first member of th>[...]

Airborne 08.26.15: New U-2?, Carter PAV Update, AK TFR Concerns

Also: Skydive Mid-Air, Classic Aero-TV, United Airlines, Forest Service Policy v Helicopters, WestJet Pilots' Association, NASA Drops Plane, Flightnow in Court Is it possible that >[...]

Airborne 08.27.15: Golden Wings Flying Museum, AUVSI v CA, FAA Delays Pilot DB

Also: Join The API!, ATC Goofs... Badly, Shuttle Water Tanks, Herlong Rebrands FBO, Gogo's Next Generation, China A/C Demand, Chatham MA RFP You won’t see us run very many fo>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: AD 2015-17-07 PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A300 B4-603, B4-605R, B4-620, B4-622, B4-622R airplanes; all Airbus Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes; and certain Airbus Mo>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC