Pilots unions at American, US Airways meeting

By Joshua Freed, Bloomberg Businessweek

Pilots at US Airways and American are talking to each other, even if management isn’t.

Leaders of the pilots unions at American Airlines and US Airways met in Charlotte, N.C., this week. And committees from both unions plan to meet on Wednesday in Dallas to map out the broad outlines of a joint contract, according to James Ray, a spokesman for the pilot union at US Airways.

US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker has said he’s interested in a possible merger with American, which is reorganizing under bankruptcy protection. The three big unions at American say they support a merger and have agreed with US Airways on the outlines of a contract.

The meeting on Monday in Charlotte included Gary Hummel, the new president of the US Airline Pilots Association, and David Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association at American.


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