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Download the joint statement of Horton and Parker at yesterday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on the impact of the merger on competition in the airline industry.

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TWU Follow Up Questions and Answers
3/1/2013 5:35:39 PM by aa admin

Does the current MOU eliminate the former “me too” language for comparison of wages, benefits and working conditions for non-union hourly and the non-union salaried and management employees of the Company for all “me too” purposes?

The "me too" was only with AA. If AA remained stand alone the "me too" would stay in effect through its defined expiration.

TWU understood that USAir was not a party to the original "me too”. It was important that we captured some key  " me too " protection in the MOU.  USAir reluctantly agreed to " me too" protection.

The TWU reserved its right “to maintain and/or assert a claim in regard to American’s other CBAs (per the “me too” letters) with APA and APFA as well as the other non-union groups through December 19, 2012.”  (That is the date the court approved the last 1113 CBA).  Additionally, this right also applies toward any new agreement entered into between American and APA or APFA between that date and prior to the Merger.

In short, the “me too” provision is maintained for TWU employees with regard to all groups to December 19, 2012;  and after that date to  the other unionized work groups at AA . At the time of merger the "me too" will no longer apply at all.  
 
What is the difference between the earlier “me too” provision and the provisions that remain currently under the MOU?

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How Labor Made the USAirways/AMR Merger Happen
2/14/2013 4:09:04 PM by aa admin

Labor played a key role in enabling the historic merger between US Airways and American, which will create the largest airline in the world.

In fact, the turning point in the merger effort may have come on April 20, 2012 when US Airways said it had gathered support from American’s three major unions for its effort to merge with American. The deal was first reported by TheStreet. Union backing became the key underpinning for the US Airways merger effort, initially opposed by AMR management.

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Court Updates

September 24, 2013

The Court conducted the thirty-sixth omnibus hearing today.  The main item on the agenda was  a pretrial conference in the case of Fjord v. AMR Corporation, Adv. Pro. No. 13-1392.  The plaintiffs in this action allege antitrust violations under section 7 of the Clayton Act.  This is a separate action from the one brought by the Department of Justice and the Attorneys General pending in the District Court in Washington D.C..  After extensive argument the Court determined that the District Court action should be heard and determined first, with this private action proceeding after the District Court has rendered a ruling.  In the event of a settlement of the District Court action, the parties are to return to the Bankruptcy Court to discuss scheduling. 

Press Releases

October 02, 2013

Transport Workers Seek a Seat at the Table in US Airways/American Airlines Merger Case
Case will go forward despite government shutdown

Washington, DC - Oct 2, 2013 – The Transport Workers Union has taken legal action in federal court to protect the jobs, pay and benefits of its members, TWU President Harry Lombardo said today.

The TWU, Lombardo said, is seeking intervenor status in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against the proposed merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways. The case will go forward despite the current government shutdown, under terms of an order issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.