Washington, D.C., November 15, 2006 – International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. today issued the following statement in response to US Airways’ proposal to buy Delta Airlines:
“The IAM is prepared for additional airline mergers and a US Airways-Delta pairing is one of many being evaluated by our Transportation Merger Team. If US Airways hopes to complete a successful merger with Delta or any other airline they must first conclude the ongoing negotiations with the Machinists Union regarding the integration of America West employees into US Airways. Earlier today, US Airways CEO Doug Parker contacted me and indicated a desire to work with the Machinists Union. We are prepared to work together as long as all affected employees’ interests are fully protected.”
The IAM represents more than 10,000 Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service and Maintenance Instructors at US Airways.