News Article - August 18 2006

US Airways pilots to picket
nbsp; US Airways pilots will conduct an "informational picketing" at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday to draw attention to their demand for a better contract. The Air Line Pilots Association International said "the pilots, during the course of two bankruptcies, committed $6.8 billion in concessions to US Airways management so that the airline would survive and become a successful carrier." Now they want "a fair contract that rewards the pilot group for its part in US Airways' remarkable turnaround." The picketing is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m., the association said.

   Jack Stephan, a spokesman for the association, declined comment Friday on the pilots' specific demands. He said that information would be available during the picketing. US Airways (NYSE: LCC), which was formed by a merger last fall between America West Airlines and the bankrupt former US Airways, reported net income of $65 million in the first quarter and a profit of $5 million excluding special items. The airline, which is based in Tempe, Ariz., is the dominant carrier at Philadelphia International. Earlier this month, the union representing the airline's flight attendants criticized US Airways for a 3 percent pay increase earmarked for airline management this fall. The union said flight attendants were being asked to work without raises, but an airline spokeswoman said the flight attendants' contract calls for step increases for years of service until employees reach the top tier.

Source - Phila. Business Journal