American Airlines pilots weigh possible merger with ALPA union

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(Reuters) – American Airlines Group’s pilots said on Friday that their union has agreed to explore a merger with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents pilots at major U.S. carriers United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

The Allied Pilots Association said its board of directors unanimously agreed to create a merger committee to look at joining forces with ALPA, although members have yet to be appointed.

American is the only major U.S. carrier whose pilots are not represented by ALPA. Some American pilots argue that a merger with ALPA would give them greater heft and leverage in contract negotiations and a tie up has previously been discussed informally.

(Reporting By Allison Lampert in Montreal and Rajesh Kumar Singh in Chicago; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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