A group of pilots took to the web on Monday night, launching a blog to voice their opposition to a merger between US Airways and American Airlines.
The list of almost thirty names signed on the blog include Allied Pilots Association vice president Tony Chapman and several captains based out of Dallas/Fort Worth.
"We believe that a number of people have rushed to judgment - by blinding following 'merger mania' and putting too much faith in US Airways," the blog says. "For one, airline mergers trigger dramatic unpredictability. While the leadership of the APA and other major labor groups have successfully created new agreements under difficult circumstances, seniority list negotiations, binding arbitration, and renewed contract negotiations all may jeopardize the terms that all nine union groups recently approved."
The APA has publicly supported a merger with US Airways even after the membership ratified a new contract with American that includes pay raises in exchange for more domestic code sharing and regional jets.
"There are diverse views within our membership and within our leadership about a merger and the institutional position remains very much in support of a merger between US Airways and American within bankruptcy. This is a democratic institution and discussion, debate and even agree to disagree are all part of that," said APA spokesman Gregg Overman on Tuesday morning.