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

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited-01.21.19

Airborne Unmanned-01.22.19

Airborne Unlimited-01.23.19

AMA Drone Report-01.17.19

Airborne Unlimited-01.18.19

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-01.21.19

Airborne Unmanned-01.22.19

Airborne Unlimited-01.23.19

AMA Drone Report-01.17.19

Airborne Unlimited-01.18.19

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

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.19)

Light Sport Aircraft Headquarters This website features a fairly complete listing of links to S-LSA manufacturers, along with information about flight training and LSA rules.>[...]

AMA Drone Report 01.17.19: DJI Smart Controller, UVify Swarm, Indemnis Chute

Also: Heathrow Drone Paranoia, GDU SAGA, New UK Drone Regs, State Farm Waiver DJI introduced a new remote controller for its drones at CES 2019. The Smart Controller features an ul>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 01.15.19: New CA Regs, State Farm Waiver, Indemnis Chute

Also: Heathrow Drone Sighting, DJI Smart Remote Controller, Hydrogen Multi-Rotor UAV, Northwest UAV Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has announced Canada’s new rules for >[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 01.22.19: UAS Symposium Postponed, Small UAS Rule, SWAT UAV

Also: UNLV Drone Pilot Certificate, Aria Insights, GA-ASI Collaboration Team, AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards In light of a number of events and programs being curtailed due to the long-ter>[...]

Roots And Air Canada Partner To Mark International Sweatpants Day

Hands Out Free Casual Wear Aboard Air Canada's Longest International Flight Monday Iconic Canadian brands, Roots and Air Canada partnered to make a long journey even more comfy in >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2019 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC