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US Airways Can Use Outside Maintenance Company

Wed Feb 04, 2004 4:27 pm

A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted an injunction preventing US Airways from hiring an Alabama company to do maintenance work on 10 jets based at Pittsburgh International Airport. The airline has been arguing with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers over whether farming out the work violated the union's contract. Maintenance on US Airways jets has been performed exclusively by the airline's employees for 54 years. The court ruled that the labor dispute was minor, and that the planes could be sent south for work while an arbitration board decides whether similar work can be performed by outside companies in the future. US Airways said it needed to hire an outside company to perform the work because it lacked the buildings and equipment needed to overhaul the aircraft itself. International Association of Machinists General Vice President Robert Roach Jr., the airline's argument "frivolous." "We will not allow the airlines arrogance and disregard for the employees that rescued the company to go unchallenged," he said. US Airways spokesman David Castelveter said work on one of the planes is already complete. The remaining nine will be sent to Alabama soon, he said.

Is US Airways also saving money by getting their planes servcies by other mechanics? If there are then I'm sure the US Airways workers would be happy that the airline is saving money as it means that the airline could be flying for alot longer Smile
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RE: US Airways Can Use Outside Maintenance Company

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