The union representing pilots at USAir Group Inc. warned its members that the tentative cost-cutting deal struck on Saturday still faces immense obstacles.
"We have been through some very difficult times since management first asked for concessions last March. There are very difficult times ahead," said Bob Gaudioso, vice chairman of the union's master executive council in a tape-recorded message to members late Saturday.
USAir and the Air Line Pilots Association said Saturday they tentatively agreed on wage and other concessions in exchange for what was described as "financial returns and governance participation."
Details of the pact were not released, but it is expected to include profit-sharing or an equity stake as well as representation on the airline's board of directors.
Gaudioso said the union's negotiating committee is expected to present details of the plan to top union officials at a special meeting on Tuesday.
"The provisions of this agreement are complex and numerous," he said in the tape-recorded message.
The tentative pact reached with the pilots is contingent upon the airline reaching deals with the Association of Flight Attendants, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Transport Workers Union.
"There are still many events that have to occur before this agreement can take effect," Gaudioso said.
Despite the cautionary tone and acknowledgment that intense negotiations are still needed, industry analysts said the deal with the powerful pilots' union is extremely significant. The union represents about 30 percent of the airline's 45,000 workers.