ALPA Responds to Announced Merger of American and US Airways
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http://pdf.reuters.com/htmlnews/8knews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130214:nBw146132a WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)-- The Air Line Pilots Association, Int`l (ALPA), today issued the following statement on the announced proposal to merge US Airways and American Airlines: "As the largest pilot union in the world, ALPA is deeply invested in the future of the aviation industry and the piloting profession. The landscape has changed considerably in recent years as airlines look to consolidation and other types of transactions to maximize their assets for the benefit of shareholders, passengers, and employees. "ALPA will be watching this merger carefully because we represent pilots who fly more than 75 percent of express flying within the US Airways and American networks. We will work to ensure that our members are not negatively impacted during the merger process or by any subsequent agreements. And, in fact, they should benefit, as other stakeholders, in such a consolidation. "Involving all employees, including those in the wholly-owned express subsidiaries, is essential to a smooth and effective integration process. We encourage all parties affected by this merger to collaborate in building a strong carrier that will continue to move this industry and our profession forward." Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world`s largest pilot union, representing more than 51,000 pilots at 35 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org. ALPA Media 703-481-4440 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2013