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News Article - October 25, 2007

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



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