As some experts predicted, the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit to stay the impending merger of US Airways and American Airlines has folded in favor of concessions that will allow low cost carriers some coveted slots in key airports.
However, not everyone is happy with the Borg-like efforts of the two airlines to manifest their will on the flying public.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) said today that American Eagle's flight attendants have voiced concern that the anti-trust settlement will have a “negative effect" on the carrier which moves 20 million passengers a year for AA.
“Over the past year, as a result of American’s bankruptcy, American Eagle’s regional flying has been steadily outsourced. American Eagle Flight Attendants provided substantial concessions in 2012 with the promise that doing so would retain as much of American’s regional flying as possible and position American Eagle for future growth. These actions by management, coupled with the massive divesture outlined in yesterday’s settlement announcement, validate Flight Attendants’ concerns,” said Robert Barrow, AFA President at American Eagle.
“The nearly 2,000 American Eagle Flight Attendants deserve to know what their role will be in the new combined carrier. Since the merger was announced, AFA leaders have pressed US Airways management to divulge their plans and honor their promises of good jobs in exchange for the contributions of American Eagle Flight Attendants. Our past sacrifices add value and we must not be punished for our contributions to the new American,” Barrow said in a release.
Looks like there are some elements in the airline industry that won't ASSIMILATE so easily....