Read us | Listen to us | Watch us | Join Live Events | Turn Off Ads | Live |

Click on your language to translate this article:

Afrikaans Afrikaans Albanian Albanian Amharic Amharic Arabic Arabic Armenian Armenian Azerbaijani Azerbaijani Basque Basque Belarusian Belarusian Bengali Bengali Bosnian Bosnian Bulgarian Bulgarian Catalan Catalan Cebuano Cebuano Chichewa Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Corsican Croatian Croatian Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch English English Esperanto Esperanto Estonian Estonian Filipino Filipino Finnish Finnish French French Frisian Frisian Galician Galician Georgian Georgian German German Greek Greek Gujarati Gujarati Haitian Creole Haitian Creole Hausa Hausa Hawaiian Hawaiian Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Hmong Hmong Hungarian Hungarian Icelandic Icelandic Igbo Igbo Indonesian Indonesian Irish Irish Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Javanese Javanese Kannada Kannada Kazakh Kazakh Khmer Khmer Korean Korean Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kyrgyz Kyrgyz Lao Lao Latin Latin Latvian Latvian Lithuanian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Luxembourgish Macedonian Macedonian Malagasy Malagasy Malay Malay Malayalam Malayalam Maltese Maltese Maori Maori Marathi Marathi Mongolian Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Nepali Norwegian Norwegian Pashto Pashto Persian Persian Polish Polish Portuguese Portuguese Punjabi Punjabi Romanian Romanian Russian Russian Samoan Samoan Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Serbian Serbian Sesotho Sesotho Shona Shona Sindhi Sindhi Sinhala Sinhala Slovak Slovak Slovenian Slovenian Somali Somali Spanish Spanish Sudanese Sudanese Swahili Swahili Swedish Swedish Tajik Tajik Tamil Tamil Telugu Telugu Thai Thai Turkish Turkish Ukrainian Ukrainian Urdu Urdu Uzbek Uzbek Vietnamese Vietnamese Welsh Welsh Xhosa Xhosa Yiddish Yiddish Yoruba Yoruba Zulu Zulu

No federal help for a pilot deal at US Airways

0c_63
0c_63
Written by editor

Pilots at US Airways Group Inc. said on Thursday that the company has rejected their request to bring in help from the National Mediation Board to help them reach a joint contract.

Pilots at US Airways Group Inc. said on Thursday that the company has rejected their request to bring in help from the National Mediation Board to help them reach a joint contract.

The union and the company are working on a joint contract to cover the carrier’s 5,000 pilots, who include pilots from both America West and US Airways. America West bought US Airways in 2005.

The US Airline Pilots Association had wanted a facilitator from the agency that regulates airline labor issues, the National Mediation Board, to oversee talks.

The airline rejected that idea. In a March 31 letter, the airline’s vice president for Labor relations wrote: “Should there come a time where outside assistance in reaching a single agreement does become appropriate, there is a specific negotiated provision” in a transition agreement with the previous pilot union, the Air Line Pilots Association.

Pilots at the carrier ousted ALPA and formed their current independent union a year ago because of dissatisfaction with the process for integrating pilots from the two airlines that make up the new US Airways.

“We’ve been negotiating for a long time now. The pilots are very frustrated by a lack of progress. It’s our preference to move that process along now,” said union president Steve Bradford.

US Airways spokesman Jonathan Freed said either side can request a mediator under the transition agreement, but the National Mediation Board process is different.

“US Airways wants to achieve a single contract for all pilots,” he said.

US Airways shares gained 25 cents, or 9.6 percent, at $2.85 in afternoon trading on a day when most airline stocks rose.