US Airways, Pilots May Restart Contract Talks

By Ted Reed, The Street

The National Mediation Board wants US Airways (LCC) and its pilots to negotiate a contract, whether or not the carrier merges with AMR (AAMRQ.PK).

Resolving the contentious seniority issue, which has divided pilots since a 2005 merger between US Airways and America West, would be put off until every other contract issue has been resolved.

“The NMB has asked that USAPA and US Airways devise a process under which there will be negotiations and tentative agreement on all other sections of the contract prior to discussing seniority,” said Gary Hummel, USAPA president, in a letter to pilots on Thursday.

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