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US Airways Machinists Threatening to Strike

US Airways Machinists Threatening to Strike

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On the heels of the merger between U.S. Airways and American Airlines, machinists of US Airways are threatening to strike. 

This could affect local workers and travelers.  The mechanics and ground-workers are in talks with American Airlines officials in Washington, DC, but negotiations have stalled.  The machinists want permission from the National Mediation Board to end talks now so that the strike can begin.

Today we spoke with Andrea Ahles via SKYPE, a reporter with the Fort Worth Star Telegram who has been covering American Airlines for years.  She says the battle is over wages and other benefits. 

US Air mechanics and ground workers say they should earn as much as their American Airlines counterparts.  Ah lens says this is also a battle between unions.  Only one machinist union will survive the merger: US Airways or American Airlines.  The Machinists Union may be jockeying for position.

Experts – including Ahles - say the strike is unlikely to happen, because the affect upon the public would be too great.  Negotiations will continue this week.

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