America West Airlines and US Airways to Merge

Teamsters Closely Monitor Process to Ensure Workers’ Jobs, Rights are Protected

WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire/ — Teamsters Airline Division Director Don Treichler said today that the Teamsters Union is actively monitoring the merger between America West Holdings Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. to ensure that workers’ rights are not adversely impacted.

“Our primary concern is to protect the jobs and rights of the workers at America West,” Treichler said. “We are working with America West management to secure the rights of Teamster members employed by the company. Management has been cooperative and we are optimistic an agreement can be reached.”

The Teamsters Union represents more than 4,100 highly skilled workers employed by the Phoenix, Arizona-based America West Airlines. The workers include approximately 3,300 customer service representatives across the country and approximately 850 airline maintenance technicians, primarily stationed at the airline’s Phoenix and Las Vegas facilities.

“If this merger helps both airlines to compete in the marketplace, we expect that it will also increase our members’ job security,” said Andy Marshall, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 104 in Phoenix. “We are going to fight for our members’ rights and negotiate protections on their behalf.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States and Canada.

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