Coverage of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways

AFL-CIO President Wants Truce Between Ground Worker Unions

View Comments ()



    Getty Images
    Two American Airlines ground crew workers stand under an airplane at Sky Harbor International Airport on April 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

    The president of the AFL-CIO is concerned that the merger of American Airlines and US Airways will trigger a costly fight between two unions over ground workers.

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the two unions should call a truce and share representation of the airline employees.

    Ground workers at Fort Worth-based American are represented by the Transport Workers Union. Those at US Airways are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Both unions belong to the AFL-CIO.

    Over the weekend the unions disclosed that they reached an agreement on merger-related seniority. Seniority affects pay and work assignments -- and, sometimes, who gets laid off -- after airlines combine workforces.

    American Airlines Merger:
    Complete coverage of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways into the newly-formed Fort Worth-based company, American Airlines Group (AAL). Click here for more.