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APFA President Laura Glading: “Getting behind merger a no-brainer“
FT WORTH, TX (October 31, 2013) – As lawyers for American Airlines and US Airways prepare for the antitrust trial set to begin on November 25, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants is welcoming and encouraging an outpouring of support for the carriers’ proposed merger. In recent days, Oneworld Alliance, numerous chambers of commerce, airport authorities of many of the two airlines’ hubs, Attorney General Pruitt of Oklahoma, and the unsecured creditors’ committee of the AMR bankruptcy have asked permission to file “friend of the court” (amicus) briefs in support of the airlines’ case. Additionally, the mayors of six hub cities have voiced their support of the merger in a letter to the Justice Department.
“I’m not surprised by all the people and the entities we’ve heard from recently,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “Getting behind this merger is a no-brainer. Everyone is on board because everyone – consumers, employees, communities – stands to benefit. The Justice Department is the only place where you find skeptics.”
Unions were among the first groups to support the merger both in public and court. APFA, along with Allied Pilots Association, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, Communications Workers of America, and Transport Workers Union will file a “friend of the court” brief.
The airport authorities supporting the merger include: CLT, DFW, PHL, and PHX.
A letter of support was signed by the mayors of Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Miami.
Finally, 68 Democratic members of Congress, led by Reps. Marc Veasey of Texas and Ed Pastor of Arizona, signed a letter in support of the merger to President Obama.
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APFA National Communications Coordinator