US Airways Union Mediation Offer Rejected
November 25, 2011
Pilots for America West airlines have rejected an offer to mediate given by the president of the US Airways pilots’ union. The US Airways union’s mediation offer was a major shift in tactics for a union that has been highly combative throughout the dispute.
The two sides have been suing each other over an arbitrator’s award about seniority that was widely seen as favoring America West pilots. Seniority is important to pilots because it governs who flies bigger (and generally better-paying) planes, as well as scheduling and layoff protection. A judge could still order nonbinding mediation, but a leader for the America West pilots said they would not agree to a compromise.