PSA pilots cite sluggish progress in contract talks

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Pilots and management of US Airways' regional subsidiary PSA have commenced their first formal meeting with a mediator from the National Mediation Board after pilots became frustrated with the pace of negotiations.

Carrier management and pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have been in collective bargaining negotiations since June 2009.

In a statement the ALPA unit of PSA said that while steady progress was made in the early stages of contract talks, "the pace of negotiations has slowed recently, as the two sides began discussing pay, work rules, retirement and other money-related issues".

Pilots stated no significant progress has been made since September 2010, "and recent discussions have not been productive".

ALPA explained it is hopeful that the "addition of a neutral third party will help break the logjam and enable us to reach an agreement that recognises the value pilots bring to PSA Airlines, US Airways and our customers".