The Transport Workers Union’s bid to intervene in the U.S. lawsuit to block the merger of American Airlines (AAMRQ:US) and US Airways Group Inc. comes too late in the case and should be rejected, the Justice Department said.
The TWU, which supports the merger of the carriers, last week sought a court order to intervene, a request the government called “untimely” in a filing today in federal court in Washington.
“The TWU has waited until the eve of the close of fact discovery and only six weeks before the start of trial to file its request,” the Justice Department said.
The TWU, which represents more than 20,000 workers at American, said it should be allowed to intervene because the airlines “cannot and will not” adequately represent the union. The U.S. case against American parent AMR Corp. and US Airways seeking to block the merger is scheduled to begin trial on Nov. 25.
The case is U.S. v. US Airways Group Inc. (LCC:US), 13-cv-01236, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
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