US Airways mechanics picket in protest

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US Airways mechanics in Pittsburgh and other cities set up informational pickets Wednesday to protest the lack of progress in contract negotiations with the airline.

Locally, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers picketed near the US Airways ticketing counter at Pittsburgh International Airport. The union represents about 701 employees in the region.

Bill Hollowood, chairman of Potomac Air Lodge 1976 of the IAM, said mechanics are seeking wage increases totaling 7 percent over two years. He said US Airways has countered by offering a 1 percent increase.

Mr. Hollowood said the offer is "pretty much an insult" given that US Airways CEO Doug Parker received a 44 percent increase in compensation to $5.5 million last year.

The union has been working without a new contract since the end of 2011. Representatives for the IAM are expected to meet again with the airline and a mediator on Monday in Houston, Mr. Hollowood said.

In Pittsburgh, the negotiations are occurring amid concern over the future of heavy maintenance jobs in Pittsburgh because of the merger between US Airways and American Airlines. American has its own maintenance base in Tulsa, Okla., and some believe the Pittsburgh center could be in jeopardy as a result.

"We have a big concern for our maintenance facility," Mr. Hollowood said, although he added the future of the center likely won't come up in the current labor negotiations.

A US Airways official declined comment.

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