Attorneys for American Airlines and US Airways told a federal court on Tuesday that the Transport Workers Union should not be given "intervenor" status in its antitrust suit.
The four-page filing argues that allowing the TWU to intervene could jeopardize the expedited trial schedule. The U.S. Department of Justice, which filed the antitrust suit in August to stop the airline merger, also called the TWU's request "untimely." Currently, a trial date has been set for November 25.
"The Airlines greatly value the interests of TWU’s members and support TWU’s participation in this case as amicus curiae. There is no need for TWU to intervene, however, because the interests of TWU and its members in this case are fully aligned with – and thus adequately represented by – the Airlines," the filing said.
The TWU represents about 23,000 mechanics, flight dispatchers and ground crew workers at American.