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IAM Opposes Airline Mergers  
User currently offlineLike2flyguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 95 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

In opposition to a possible linkup between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers made a statement on Monday, February 25, 2008 that they would "oppose any merger that negatively impacts [their] members and the traveling public". According to the union's District 143, the district that represents customer service agents and ramp workers at Northwest Airlines, members of the IAM's Transportation Merger Team are meeting with other parties and individuals who are against airline mergers on a regular basis, including key representatives from the Senate and House of Representatives:

http://www.iam143.org/PDF%20Files/MergerWatch22508.pdf

Delta and Northwest are not required to gain permission from union groups before combining. However, support of the pilots and other employee groups at both airlines would be essential in escalating the deal. ALPA, the union representing pilots at both Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, have continued their discussions of merging seniority lists over the weekend as the two carriers are on the brink of making a merger announcement. Inside sources say any continued delay of formally announcing a merger plan could put the entire transaction at risk. Shares of Delta and Northwest were trading lower on Monday as investors began to worry that a deal will not happen anytime soon.

Airline analyst reactions are mixed. Information from inside sources involving pilot negotiations last week provided "rumored" situations as those talks progressed. Because additional information was not "leaked" the last few days of last week and over the past weekend, some analysts believe this could be an indication that a deal is close at hand. Others believe this could be an indication the deal is at a standstill.

[Edited 2008-02-25 12:47:03]

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User currently offlineLuvfa From United States of America, joined May 2005, 447 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

Of course. Any merger will result in loss of jobs. The IAM has a duty to look out for its membership.

User currently offlineDeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9700 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 1793 times:



Quoting Luvfa (Reply 1):

I think they know that if DL/NW merge IAM is most likely out.



yep.
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21582 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 1707 times:



Quoting DeltaL1011man (Reply 2):
I think they know that if DL/NW merge IAM is most likely out.

Makes sense...

Quote: "oppose any merger that negatively impacts [their] members and the traveling public"
Translation: "we oppose any merger that results in our losing power..."

Every member could be retained and given a raise, but if the IAM is out, they would still be opposed for the sake of the "traveling public."  Wink



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineHNL-Jack From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 820 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 1672 times:



Quoting Like2flyguy (Thread starter):
"oppose any merger that negatively impacts [their] members and the traveling public"

Can't believe they would say anything else. They're just drawing their line in the sand.



Grew up in the business and continued the family tradition.
User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4616 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

Not the big bad scary IAM. They just don't want to get spanked again like US Airways did during the bankruptcies and merger. :-P

User currently offlineAirFrnt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2829 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Talk about a misleading title. Even the article says that they will oppose it, if it negativly affects them, not a blank check opposition like the article implies. However, it's kind of pointless. The only that that unions have done over the last 20 years is put their companies out of business.

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