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August 06, 2014

TWU, Machinists ask the NMB for single-carrier status at American

The unions that represent American Airlines and US Airways mechanics and ground workers is asking federal regulators for single-carrier status that the airline.

The filing, made with the National Mediation Board on Wednesday, asked the government to recognize an alliance between the Transport Workers Union and the International Machinists Union as the collective bargaining representatives for workers that are in the mechanic and related, fleet service and stores groups.

"American Airlines has entered into an era of super-profits and it’s now time for our combined 30,000 members at the airline to secure the industry’s premier contracts," the unions said in a joint statement. "Executives and shareholders are profiting handsomely, and this alliance will ensure our members are also rewarded for their hard work and sacrifice."

The union workers will continue to work under their existing contracts as it begins joint contract talks with American. Last month, the Machinists approved a new three-year deal that included pay raises and signing bonuses.

American said the filing was "a positive step in the integration of our two airlines."

The NMB has already granted single-carrier status for merged airlines' flight attendants. The pilots have also made a similar request to the NMB which has yet to be ruled on.

-Andrea Ahles

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