Pilots union official at USAir resigns his position


ARLINGTON, Va. -- USAir Group Inc.'s Air Line Pilots Association Executive Council Chairman Pete Gauthier resigned yesterday, saying it was a "natural" time for a change in the union's leadership.

Mr. Gauthier, who served for the past three years as chairman of the master executive council of the union, resigned at a council meeting.

"The period between management's rejection of the restructuring talks and the possible combination of USAir and TTC other airlines is a natural time for a change in pilot leadership," he said. "My term will likely terminate before any agreement reaches conclusion."

Mr. Gauthier had one year left on his second two-year term.

After 16 months, USAir ended talks with its unions in July that would have swapped a stake in the company for $2.45 billion in wage concessions over five years. The carrier was counting on those concessions, as well as other cost-cutting measures, to return to profitability.

Arlington, Virginia-based USAir, the U.S.' sixth-largest airline, said last week that it held preliminary talks with the operators of UAL Corp. and AMR Corp. about a combination that would provide either with potentially lucrative routes along the East Coast.

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