With the early morning merger announcement from American Airlines and US Airways, several labor unions issued their statements applauding the deal.
Allied Pilots Association spokesman Dennis Tajer - "With a strong, proven leadership team focused on partnering with frontline employees, improving reliability and customer service, and expanding our network, the new American Airlines will return to a position of industry preeminence. Today marks the culmination of a strategy that APA began pursuing early last year. Our primary goals were to create a strong future for a post-bankruptcy American Airlines, and to protect and enhance our pilots’ careers. This merger accomplishes those goals."
Association of Professional Flight Attendants president Laura Glading - "It’s been a long, tough road but the result is well worth it. Today’s announcement proves that everyone benefits when labor has a seat at the table. The new American will provide job security and fair compensation for all employees and another great option for the flying public. I'm looking forward to working with our new colleagues as our operations and cultures combine. Flight attendants from both companies are eager to help build a strong and competitive airline and restore American's prominence."
Association of Flight Attendants-CWS, which represents US Airways flight attendants - "The merger between US Airways and American Airlines holds great opportunities for Flight Attendants. We will raise the bar for our profession and we look forward to working as key partners. US Airways Flight Attendants have been instrumental in the overall success of our airline. Our hard work and sacrifices have helped turn US Airways into the thriving airline it is today. As full partners in the world’s largest airline, we expect meaningful participation in its benefits. We look forward to working with our colleagues at American in improving wages, benefits, work rules and retirement security for ALL Flight Attendants at the new American."
US Airline Pilots Association president Gary Hummel - "This merger came about due to the cooperative efforts of both management and labor. As pilots, we are proud to be a part of the New American Airlines and look forward to working with our colleagues at the Allied Pilots Association – and building our new company into a financially strong, premier global carrier. We are proud to be a part of the new American Airlines. The success of this merger will signify the cooperative effort of professional pilots and management working together. We are pleased to be working with our colleagues of the Allied Pilots Association who are also committed to seeing our new company succeed, and ensure a safe flight for our passengers each and every day. That is what we do."