A key union that supports US Airways / American merger can weigh in on the court fight to stop the deal.

 
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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry Features) - Thu, Oct 10, 2013

A key union that supports US Airways planned merger with American Airlines can weigh in on the court fight to stop the deal, the judge hearing a government challenge to the combination said on Wednesday Oct. 9. The Transport Workers Union, which represents ground workers at American Airlines, had originally asked to be an intervenor in the lawsuit, which would have allowed it to voice opinions to protect its members' rights. The Justice Department and the two airlines both objected, partly on the grounds that the union might slow the case. Companies contemplating mergers prefer to move quickly since delays can hamper planning and are expensive. The union relented and asked instead to file a brief in the case. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly agreed in a two-page order. Trial in the case is to begin on November 25. In January, the union reached an agreement with US Airways and American that would grant immediate wage increases of 4.3...

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