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AA/US Merger Impact: Employees  
User currently offlineModerators From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 505 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7652 times:
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AA/US Merger Impact: Fleet
AA/US Merger Impact: Hubs
AA/US Merger Impact: Employees (THIS THREAD ONLY)
AA/US Merger Impact: HQ
AA/US Merger Impact: Livery
AA/US Merger Impact: Unions
AA/US Merger Impact: Routes
AA/US Merger Impact: Inflight Service

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User currently onlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7577 times:
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My good friend works for American,( F/O 737) i called him last night, he said:

" just when I thought things couldn't get any worse here at American, we're about to merge with USAirways". Morale is off to a rocky start


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16691 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7545 times:

Quoting g500 (Reply 1):
" just when I thought things couldn't get any worse here at American, we're about to merge with USAirways". Morale is off to a rocky start

Is he aware their Unions have been the driving force behind merging with US, especially the pilots union?



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User currently offlinesonomaflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1558 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7212 times:
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I think that F/O is worried about his/her spot on the seniority list. Three different groups are merging onto one list and no matter how you look at it, people will be bumped down the list with the mergers.

User currently offlineJoePatroni707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7009 times:
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The vast majority of employees will slide across to the new airline with seniority intact. However, that does not change the fact that approximately 10-12,000 employees will be furloughed. The vast majority being AA management and supervisors.

User currently offlinedelta2ual From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6857 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
Is he aware their Unions have been the driving force behind merging with US, especially the pilots union?

While true, I'd like to know if the unions actually talked to their membership. I know it is anecdotal, but every friend of mine at AA (mostly F/A's) do not want this merger. My friends from my HP days (now at US) do not want this merger. I only know of one person who is salivating over this merger and he is a US F/A on this board. He was the same way when the takeover of DL was announced back in '06. I'll leave it at that.
I really hope my friends don't get screwed.



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User currently onlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6794 times:
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You guys are forgetting that US Airways is the ugly girl at the party, and AA was left to dance with her.. (if you know what I mean)

Delta and United got much better looking girls (NW, CO)


User currently offlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6721 times:

I have a friend at AA that started at North Central as a F/A, then got merged into Ozark, then got merged into TWA, then AA, furloughted again as a FA, recalled after some time based in DC, lives in ORD and is now a supervisor in inflight...looking forward to retirement. Now this. I haven't flown US in years so can't comment. All I know is there is still bad blood at AA with TW folks. Now this.....Pity. We are back to deregulation days. If you don't think there is collusion among the airlines, look at the fares between ORD-LHR. No competion as all fares are the same except BA, which is always more.

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6942 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6724 times:

Talked to some employees recently. They're scared sh*tless because of this thing and all the speculation about the PHX hub going away. I know for a fact it won't but people are still scared.


One of the FB admins for PHX Spotters. "Zach the Expat!"
User currently offlinewomenbeshopping From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6684 times:

Quoting g500 (Reply 6):
You guys are forgetting that US Airways is the ugly girl at the party, and AA was left to dance with her.

Haha I get what you mean, but that was a few years ago, Now US is more like the ugly girl who went away for the summer and developed into a really good looking girl.


User currently offlinesilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1962 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6648 times:

Quoting sonomaflyer (Reply 3):
Three different groups are merging onto one list and no matter how you look at it, people will be bumped down the list with the mergers.

USAPA will be submitting one straight Date of Hire list for US pilots, there will not be three lists. At least, from what I have been told that will be the case. Naturally, this would be a serious complication to the process, if true.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 8):
Talked to some employees recently. They're scared sh*tless because of this thing and all the speculation about the PHX hub going away. I know for a fact it won't but people are still scared.

The wholly owned subsidiary employees should be scared as well. I think they will be combined and spun off, likely into oblivion.


User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6610 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 8):
I know for a fact it won't but people are still scared.


How do you know for a fact? Care to share the info?


User currently offlinejfaubel From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6586 times:

The unionized employees will be taken care of one way or another, couldn't care less. I'm interested in what will become of the corporate jobs at the respective HQ's (i.e. leadership, structure, culture, etc.).

User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4690 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6430 times:

Quoting silentbob (Reply 10):
The wholly owned subsidiary employees should be scared as well.

Good point, Piedmont and PSA employees arguably stand to loose the most (along with Eagle)



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User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6359 times:

Quoting delta2ual (Reply 5):
While true, I'd like to know if the unions actually talked to their membership. I know it is anecdotal, but every friend of mine at AA (mostly F/A's) do not want this merger. My friends from my HP days (now at US) do not want this merger. I only know of one person who is salivating over this merger and he is a US F/A on this board. He was the same way when the takeover of DL was announced back in '06. I'll leave it at that.

I generally agree with this statement. The "union" lobbied hard for the merger, but what does "union" really mean? I suspect that it means union leadership want the merger, not union employees.

Quoting womenbeshopping (Reply 9):
Haha I get what you mean, but that was a few years ago, Now US is more like the ugly girl who went away for the summer and developed into a really good looking girl.

I'm not sure about that ... I agree that US has become somewhat more attractive, but they're still not a really good looking girl. US brings a lot of baggage (no pun intended) to a combined carrier, the same baggage that AA has finally gotten rid of. We're going backwards progress-wise here, not forward.



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User currently offlineFRAborn From Germany, joined Feb 2013, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6088 times:

What would happen to all of the stations that MQ took over in November? A lot of those stations are served by US mainline.

User currently offlinecrAAzy From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6006 times:
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Quoting JoePatroni707 (Reply 4):
The vast majority of employees will slide across to the new airline with seniority intact. However, that does not change the fact that approximately 10-12,000 employees will be furloughed. The vast majority being AA management and supervisors.

You're kidding right? I'd love to see your source for this one ... LOL.

You realize that this is not a US buy out of AA right?!?

It will be a merger and while there will be some management changes, I HIGHLY doubt anyone on AA or the AA Board would authorize a merger where one airline would essentially be gutting the management and supervisors of the other airline ... especially for Doug Parker and his gang.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6942 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

Well here's something to throw a wrench in things-

PHX Spotters Jason Bong posted on the page that US Airways is HIRING here in PHX! HIRING! He asserts that PHX is going to be fine in terms of employees.



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User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 848 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5919 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 7):
North Central as a F/A, then got merged into Ozark,

Nope, NC merged with SO (Southern) to become RC (Republic). Ozark was a stand-alone company until its merger with TW in 1986.

JD CRP

PS. GOOD LUCK, to my friends at both AA and US. Thankfully none of them went into management, after the HP/US merger. So they may get thru this w/o loosing out. The pilot and F/A group I do worry about tho.

[Edited 2013-02-08 20:42:42]


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User currently offlineEricR From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1802 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5862 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 17):
PHX Spotters Jason Bong posted on the page that US Airways is HIRING here in PHX! HIRING! He asserts that PHX is going to be fine in terms of employees.



Well now, if Jason Bong says everything will be fine in PHX, then it must be true.

US Airways always has openings in PHX. In fact, if you take a look at their career page, they currently have a lot of openings for management positions at HQ. Until the merger is officially approved by both boards, US still has to operate as a standalone carrier which includes posting and back filling vacant positions just in case the merger falls apart.

[Edited 2013-02-08 21:09:56]

User currently onlineckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5066 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5849 times:

Quoting JoePatroni707 (Reply 4):
The vast majority of employees will slide across to the new airline with seniority intact. However, that does not change the fact that approximately 10-12,000 employees will be furloughed. The vast majority being AA management and supervisors.

Whose to say that after the merger, there isn't a reduction in headcount that is split between the two carriers? For one thing, a lot of US management may decide that they don't want to leave Phoenix for the Metroplex. That often happens, when two companies with HQs some distance apart merge.

My father used to work for a company that was bought out by another company. The two HQs were about 8 blocks apart in downtown Chicago. Corporate for each company had about 600 employees, and the CEO of the acquiring company expected corporate would have about 600 employees, when the dust settled.

When asked if the employees at the acquired company should be fearful, the CEO said no one was safe. There would be a review of peformance reviews, and the best 600 would be staying, regardless which company they came from.

I can't see Parker giving pink slips to a lot of AA managers and moving everyone from Phoenix to DFW. This is an opportunity to get rid of the "deadwood" at both AA and US, as well as accept resignations from US employees who don't want to move.


User currently offlineF9animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4947 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5819 times:

Anyone have any idea how flight attendants from US West will fair with all of this? Especially the ones with 5 or less years seniority? I have a friend based in PHX with about 5 years, and my worry is she may be facing a harsh road. She seems very excited, and feels she will be secure if this happens.

I have another friend just recalled back to AA. She is a former TWA. Several years of seniority. Think she will be okay?

Thanks!



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User currently onlineg500 From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5505 times:
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Quoting F9animal (Reply 21):

I don't think anybody ( not even the CEOs) have an idea how things will play out for any group.

These are two airlines that have bad relationships between unions and managements, and now they're merging. Morale at AA has been bad since 2001, and USAirways will always be USAirways, even after the merger


User currently offlinedelta2ual From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 5313 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 7):
I have a friend at AA that started at North Central as a F/A, then got merged into Ozark,

North Central did not merge with Ozark.



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User currently offlinenutsaboutplanes From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 486 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

Quoting delta2ual (Reply 23):
Well here's something to throw a wrench in things-

PHX Spotters Jason Bong posted on the page that US Airways is HIRING here in PHX! HIRING! He asserts that PHX is going to be fine in terms of employees.

You have to keep in mind that there is still a BUSY summer schedule to plan for and that means hiring for peak travel demand. It will take 12-18 months for material changes to be made....for now, we have an airline to run......US Airways will exist in its operational form for quite a period of time post-merger as did NW and CO.



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25 nutsaboutplanes : I would think that buy-outs for flight attendants at mid-high range seniority would be offered (15years +?) if the airline needs to shed in-flight. B
26 rangercarp : That does not mean anything. US will continue operating independently for at least a year before staffing changes start to take place. Take a look at
27 rangercarp : I know the 10-12k job loss number was tossed around months ago (sorry, I do not remember the source), but I question the oft cited logic that most of
28 SPREE34 : How can "everyone" get bumpped down? Nobody will gain or lose enough to matter. Their number will change, and it may be a lower or higher number, but
29 Post contains links learjet1969 : Its hard to find a pilot, FA or anybody for that matter at AA that wants this thing to happen. Everyone I have spoken to are all against it. Their mai
30 nutsaboutplanes : Classy. So when all else fails and it looks like the merger is a sure thing, resort to a cheap character assasination.
31 doug_Or : The AA pilots at my crashpad were all giddy with excitement about the prospect of a US merger.
32 LMP737 : As a former AA'er I wish everyone, AA and US Air, the best of luck.
33 crj900lr : I wouldn't be to sure about that.
34 AllegiantFlyer : Whens AA suppose to hire pilots this year??
35 silentbob : The merger is complete and has been for some time. The pilot and flight attendant groups are not integrated, but that is due solely to a seniority di
36 RyanairGuru : I hope that you are right, but if outsourced flying proves cheaper than Piedmont/PSA/Eagle then I'm not sure what their future is.
37 BDL757 : I believe I read that the newest US Airways f/a tentative agreement had a $40,000 buyout contingent upon a merger with AA. Any ideas of how many will
38 AABB777 : My questios is if (..or when) this merger is announced tomorrow, in the end how many mid- level US employees will want to re-locate to DFW?
39 rj777 : So..... will the US crews and America West Crews FINALLY be integrated into one seniority list with the AA crews?
40 Maverick623 : Yep. The crap that USAPA pulled is no longer an option.
41 Post contains links mah4546 : Best news I've heard about this merger, from Reuters: The merged company will have a board of 12 members: four from US Airways including its chief exe
42 Flighty : It's been getting better to customers. What I like about US is their modest footprint. They don't pay people a lot, don't staff up and don't build ex
43 Post contains images PHX787 : I sure hope so. The worst case scenario here is having an East, West, and South (AA) crews.
44 Post contains images AA94 : I hope Doug Parker doesn't undo all of the progress that the new American has made. I flew US last month and hit all the major hubs (save for DCA), a
45 nutsaboutplanes : I guess you guys just ignore the fact that US is now consistently beating AA and UA in customer complaints per the ATCR. US is now #2 in customer com
46 mah4546 : I could care less. US doesn't serve meals on flights under 3.5 hours (AA serves meals even on sub-2 hour flights); it doesn't have domestic IFE; it's
47 BDL757 : Many analysts and people on here state that the new American will have too many people and buyouts/layoffs will occur. I tend to agree but I think tha
48 NYCAAer : I doubt we'll see any reductions in the pilot and flight attendant head counts at either airline. Pilots have a mandatory retirement age so attrition
49 cageyjames : You guys make me LOL when you talk about current AA culture. I loved that airline but it's been nothing but a disaster in the past couple years. That'
50 aaexecplat : There will certainly be layoffs, but I don't expct them to be announced in big blocks. It will be a slow process of attrition. First, many AA pilots w
51 Post contains links AeroWesty : An interesting update from the Star-Telegram this morning on the labor issues facing the AA/US merger: American, US Airways unions still have lots to
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