Few would argue that history lessons are necessary when it comes to the difficult and oft times abusive merger history of America West Airlines. For over 8 years, USAPA has attempted to denigrate the result of the fair arbitration process which produced the Nicolau Award. During that time, the East pilots running USAPA have done nothing to advance US Airways Pilots’ collective interests.
Fortunately, the merger of American Airlines and US Airways has released all US Airways pilots from the bonds of this deranged autocracy known as USAPA, whose actions while the certified bargaining agent prove that its sole purpose was to undo the Nicolau; the collective bargaining interests of all US Airways pilots be damned.
While September 16, 2014 and January 9, 2015 are red-letter days in the arduous East/West history, there is still work to be accomplished. As we all know, the former bargaining agent (FBA) USAPA, through the East Pilot merger committee, has plans to continue its siege on the arbitral process by denying the fact that US Airways pilots have already been integrated via a fair process. Through recent legal pleadings, the FBA claims that it still represents all US Airways pilots during the coming seniority arbitration of the American Airlines and US Airways pilots despite the January 9, 2015 arbitration decision to the contrary. The former America West pilots have been recognized and awarded separate representation by the Allied Pilots Association during the negotiation and arbitration process set to commence next month.