American Airlines unions would support US Airways merge

Reuters Business News
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Posted: Apr 20, 2012 10:03 AM

(Reuters) - Three unions representing workers at AMR Corp's <AAMRQ.PK> American Airlines would support a merger with US Airways Group Inc <LCC.N>, calling it the "best strategy and fastest option" to complete a restructuring at bankrupt AMR.

The Allied Pilots Association, Association of Professional Flight Attendants and Transport Workers Union said in a joint statement on Friday that they have reached agreements on term sheets for collective bargaining pacts that would govern American workers should there be a merger with US Airways.

The three unions together represent nearly 55,000 American Airlines employees.

US Airways confirmed the agreement with the American Airlines unions in a federal filing of its own and added that no agreement on any business combination has been reached with American parent AMR.

(Reporting by Kyle Peterson; Additional reporting by Karen Jacobs; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)