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Pilots Union Opposes Airline Seniority Law For Mergers

Law360 (January 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A union representing 12,000 American Airlines pilots is opposing a law intended to protect senior air carrier employees from losing their jobs following mergers.

The Allied Pilots Association said Friday that the omnibus spending bill signed by President George Bush the day after Christmas included a provision that would force arbitration upon labor negotiations if airline employee seniority lists cannot be integrated in a fair manner during mergers. The APA said such issues should be negotiated at the bargaining table.

“While this legislation is no doubt...
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