America West and US Airways to Merge

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.”
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