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Despite wrapping up early to allow members to get home before the East Coast blizzard, union negotiators for the UAL/CAL/CMI mechanics and management progressed this week in Chicago. The NMB will join the parties as scheduled when talks resume on Monday. In other industry news, the FAA granted permission for Boeing to conduct more test flights of the 787 Dreamliner and a vote on a proposal American Airlines-US Airways merger may come as early as Monday.


This week, the parties met in Chicago to continue Phase 1, non-economic reconciliation talks. The focus was on Articles 3 - (Classifications), Article 17 – (Overtime) and Article 12 – (Field Trips). Additionally, members on furlough are advised to keep their addresses current with the company while on layoff.


...merger agreement between American Airlines and US Airways is close to being reached , the Wall Street Journal is reporting. According to, a finalized deal could likely be announced next week . The merger would create the world's largest airline ....


This week capped the culmination of many weeks of hard work when the new Airline Division website went live on Thursday. Meanwhile, contract negotiations for Piedmont Airlines mechanics began Jan. 28 through February 1. Tentative agreements were reached on several articles and negotiations will continue the week of March 4th. At NetJets, the Negotiating Committee has completed proposals for Article 22 (Job Classifications) and requested future meeting dates from the company.


...latest local business news delivered to you each day. US Airways, the dominant carrier at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is seeking a merger with American Airlines. American Airlines parent AMR Corp., the merger target of US Airways Group Inc., has...