Last week news started breaking out that US Airways has buy-in from the American Airlines (AA) unions to support a merger of the two airlines.
So why would the American Airlines unions so agree to a merger? And when someone comes out ahead, someone loses. The answer? Apparently Doug Parker has committed to the AA unions to just about anything they want and most important, seniority over the US Airways and America West unions. Furthermore, since the American unions out number the US Airways and America West unions, the AA vote is all that matters. So the real losers are the US Airways employees and America West employees as they will lose their senority to the AA employees.
It's really sneaky to approach it this way, but it does force the issue of the split that US Airways still has with the 'East' and 'West' teams that operate seperately. But for anyone to think they could pull this up without any ramifcations shows how blind everyone is. The reality is the folks who will pay for it are the customers as labor actions take place and the number of disgruntled employees increased drastically.
But what is amazing is that the AA unions have bought this lip service. Doug Parker has a history of labor tension -- it's been seven years since the US Airways and America West merger, yet the labor groups are still not unified. While some will blame the unions, the reality is that the management team is who is responsible in the end. Without a unified work force, US Airways continues to run two airlines within an airline which minimizes the benefits they should have seen by executing the merger to begin with.
Apparently I am not alone in my belief as to how ridiculous this is. The Motley Fool has a great article called US AIrways: Hell Bent on Creating History's Worst Airline.
Make no mistake, the US Airways management team has no interest in employees, they are merely a pawn in their attempt to grow a substandard empire. Given the past comments about US Airways being the ugly girl at the dance, I have to ask, are the unions at American blind? If the unions really are so gullible, i've got a bridge to sell, maybe they need one of those too.