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AA Unions Endorse US Airways Merger

The three largest American Airlines unions are supporting a merger with U.S. Airways.

Dallas aviation attorney Kent Krause says the union support for a merger comes before Monday’s bankruptcy court hearing. That’s when American will ask the judge to void all labor contracts.

Krause doesn’t expect the unions’ merger support will sway the judge.

Krause: I think that the judge will look past that. But I think that was probably the purpose of the unions doing that was to try to create a little leverage against the airline and try to convince them to not take such a harsh tactic with them.

Krause says there is recent bankruptcy court precedence for scrapping union contracts.

The Allied Pilots Association says the union accomplished more in a week of contract talks with US Airways executives than in five years of negotiating with American. Some pilots say a merger is a superior alternative to American’s stand alone plan.

Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.