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October 09, 2013

TWU says 'we can be friends' and doesn't need to intervene in antitrust case

The Transport Workers Union told a federal judge on Wednesday that it does not need to intervene in American Airlines-US Airways antitrust suit as long as it is able to keep its "amicus curiae" or friend of the court status.

In a filing, the union said it does not want to jeopardize the expedited trial schedule. A trial is currently scheduled for November 25.

"While TWU continues to believe that it is in the best position to protect the specific interests of its members in this litigation by articulating those interests to the Court directly, in light of the Parties’ concern that intervention might put at risk a prompt resolution of this litigation on the schedule set by the Court, TWU respectfully requests that the Court grant TWU’s alternative request, granting TWU ongoing status as amicus curiae," the filing said.

Both carriers and the U.S. Department of Justice filed objections to the TWU's request to be granted intervenor status in the case. The TWU represents 23,000 workers at American.

-Andrea Ahles



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