American, US Airways employees rally in Washington

Posted Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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American Airlines and US Airways employees are rallying in Washington, D.C., today, telling politicians that they want the merger of their two airlines to be approved.

A couple of hundred workers from the carriers gathered on the steps of the Capitol Building to show their support for the merger.

Several were holding signs with pictures of the two tails of each airline saying they should be allowed to compete against Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, which are much larger after they merged with other airlines a few years ago.

In a video posted to US Airway's Youtube account, workers talk about the benefits of the merger and ask government officials to "Let us compete. Together."

The U.S Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit in August to stop the merger, saying it is anti-competitive and would hurt consumers with higher fares and more fees.

A federal judge has scheduled a trial on the matter for November 25.

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