US AIRWAYS PILOTS PICKET AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, shortly after
US Airways (NYSE: LCC) management announces the airline's seventh
consecutive profitable quarter, US Airways East pilots will descend on the
Philadelphia International Airport to conduct informational picketing and
express their frustration with management's refusal to adjust their
bankruptcy-era wages to the level of US Airways West pilots. Both pilot
groups are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Intl.
US Airways East pilots each committed, on average, $1 million --
including the total loss of their pension -- to US Airways' successful
restructuring, which has paved the way to the company's profitability.
These pilots continue to work under a contract negotiated during bankruptcy
that pays them less than pilots at every other major airline and gives
management the power to schedule them to work more hours and days,
resulting in fatigue.
"Our pilots are outraged that US Airways CEO Doug Parker, who just
reported a third quarter net profit of $177 million, is still side-stepping
the pay parity issue two years after US Airways and America West merged. He
publicly touts a parity offer he made that will tie seniority integration
issues to parity, which he knows would never be acceptable to union leaders
or ratifiable by the rank and file pilots. In addition, along with
lucrative management compensation, the entire US Airways workforce is
benefiting from 'profit sharing' that is partly being subsidized by the US
Airways East pilots being paid the lowest pilot wages of any major airline.
The result of this work environment is an unmotivated pilot group and an
airline with the industry's worst consumer rating. How long can we continue
like this?" said US Airways Master Executive Council Chairman Jack Stephan.
More than two years after US Airways and America West Airlines merged,
US Airways is still struggling to combine its labor workforce. Management
insists that this issue does not affect its operations; however, since the
merger, US Airways consistently ranks near the bottom in customer service
rankings and in on-time statistics, a sobering change from the airline's
top rankings just a few short years ago.
"Even management has acknowledged that you can't run a bad operation
for a long period of time," said Captain Stephan. "Our pilots want to
restore the once-proud reputation of our company, but we need management to
recognize that there are more ways to produce profits than to squeeze and
hold every available nickel from its employees."
Source - PRNewswire