When is a new union not a new union? When it’s a limited liability corporation, privately owned, operated and funded. That’s how the America West Airlines Pilots Protective Alliance describes itself, and it’s careful not to use the word represent when it talks about what it will do for the pilots of the former America West Airlines.
The awappaxyzwgq was formed in response to last week’s victory by an upstart group to protect pilots on US Airways. US Airways and America West merged in late 2005. The two pilot groups have been in contention since then over seniority, and a new union, the US Airline Pilots Association, dubbed the usawakjpotqt, last week won an election to represent all of the pilots of the merged carrier.