The certification comes without a representation vote held to determine if APA, the pilots union at American Airlines, or USAPA, the pilots union at US Airways, should represent the pilots at the merged airline.
"The Board has consistently extended an organization's certification to cover employees in the craft or class on the entire system when the numbers of employees on each part of the system are not comparable," the NMB stated in its written ruling. "The number of APA-represented employees in the Flight Deck Crewmember craft or class at pre-merger American and the number of USAPA-represented pilots at pre-merger US Airways are not comparable."
Currently, APA represents 9,872 pilots while USAPA represents 5,115 pilots.
"We are pleased with the NMB's determination and look forward to representing the career interests of all American Airlines pilots. We will shortly provide details regarding how US Airways pilots will become APA members and the steps involved in the creation of new domiciles. In the meantime, please join me in extending a warm welcome to the 5,100-plus pilots of US Airways," said APA president Keith Wilson in a statement.
The NMB had declared single-carrier status for pilots at American in August and then gave other unions, like USAPA, 30 days to file an application to hold a vote, if that union could provide proof that at least 50 percent of pilots wanted a union other than APA to represent them.
"We look forward to working with APA as the representative of American’s 15,000 pilots," the company said in a statement. "Both APA and USAPA are to be commended for getting us to this important milestone in the integration of our airline and our pilot workforce. Today’s decision by the NMB provides one more step forward in restoring American to greatness."