Unions working for AMR and US Airways protest against lawsuit

By Marc Castro

Sep 19, 2013 09:45 AM EDT

The members of the unions working for both American Airlines and US Airways Group held a rally on Capitol Hill last Wednesday. The protesting group urged the US Department of Justice to withdraw its opposition to the planned merger between the two air carriers.

The rally was attended in by flight attendants, baggage handlers, pilots and other airline personnel attracted a few of the 300 solons which the union representatives would be meeting to gather support for the deal.

The union representatives from the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the Allied Pilots Association and the US Airline Pilots Association and the Transport Workers Union met last Wednesday with the head of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division William Baer. The goal was to forward to the top executive over the case the displeasure these workers have on the lawsuit filed by the government against the merger.

The suit was filed in August 13 to have the court issue a cease and desist order over the merger of US Airways and AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines. The suit alleged that the merger would result in increased airfares as well as the charging of other fees, to detriment of the flying public.

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