now here is the height of unions stupidity..
American Flight Attendants To Join Merger Talks
December 21, 2012
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants union, which represents workers at American Airlines, said it had been invited to take part in confidential talks on a potential merger with US Airways.
The union said it signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that will permit its involvement in discussions with the two airlines and American's unsecured creditors' committee.
"This non-disclosure agreement gives us further opportunity to affect the potential merger as we engage in direct and confidential discussions with key stakeholders," the flight attendants union said in a communications update.
"We know from previous major mergers that labour discussions like these were critical milestones," the union added. A spokeswoman for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants declined further comment.
American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 protection last year, and US Airways has been pursuing a merger with its larger rival for much of 2012.
Merger discussions among US Airways, AMR and its creditors are at an advanced stage, with a decision on whether to pursue a combination or emerge as an independent company expected as soon as January, people familiar with the matter have said.
Pilot unions at American and US Airways have also joined merger talks with AMR creditors and the companies.
The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American's pilots, said this week those talks were aimed at addressing merger-related concerns of both pilot groups and reaching a memorandum of understanding that would serve as an interim agreement while a merger is undertaken. The talks are continuing, an APA spokesman said on Thursday.
why do I say that..
US Air merged with American West 6 or 7 years or more ago and the two different unions that represent each of the FA groups still has not been able to come to an agreement on how to merge the FAs into one working group..
Which means America West FA fly separately from US Air FAs.. they only work with FA from their former airline.. the seniority lists are separate and bidding for rotations are different.. different work rules apply and America West FAs do not work on USA planes and vice versa..
now another union is going to join this Disney parade..
let me add that within a year of the Delta and North West merger the FA groups were merged together..
of course that was because the NW union was voted out of the work place AND SANITY HAS PREVAILED....\\ ****ing unions..
whihc menad now that