NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As the Pittsburgh Steelers played last week in the NFL's opening game for 2015, Pittsburgh transplants now employed at American Airlines' (AAL) - Get Report new operations center in Fort Worth, Texas, wanted to watch the game.

The answer from management was no: No games on TV in the nerve center of the world's largest airline -- just one more change for the roughly 270 dispatchers, maintenance control technicians and planners and other workers who moved from Pittsburgh to Fort Worth as a consequence of the American/US Airways merger.

"The TVs in Pittsburgh were on all the time for Steelers games" as well as Pirates and Penguins games, said Danny Persuit, president of Transport Workers Union Local 545, which represents the 170 US Airways dispatchers from Pittsburgh. The sound was always off, he noted.

About 1,600 employees, including 600 TWU dispatchers, work in the new $88 million structure; the Pittsburgh workers moved in Aug. 22. (The opening ceremony was Tuesday).

Additionally, about 60 maintenance control technicians and 40 planners, members of the International Association of Machinists, came from Pittsburgh.

"They would have liked to stay where they were," said Randy Griffith, general chairman of IAM District 142. "But it's the airline business. We're a transient group."

While the TV schedule at work may not be optimal, and while Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods and pride, it's not as if moving for a good job is the worst thing that ever happens in life.

"I actually like the move," said Pittsburgh native Mark Turbish, vice president of Local 545. "This was a good time in my life to come here, to get out of the Northeast weather. Most {people}" embraced it."

Of 192 Pittsburgh dispatchers, only 22 chose not to make the move.

Turbish, 57, and his wife both work in the new building. As Persuit noted, "This is a very mature group. Most of our kids are gone. And none of us have a pension." Average age is about 55, he said. Robert Isom, American's chief operation officer, said the average employee in the operations center has about 20 years of experience.

Senior dispatchers earn about $85,000 annually. The US Airways dispatchers earn about 30% less than the American dispatchers, Persuit said, because the two groups do not yet have a joint contract.

American CEO Doug Parker told reporters Tuesday, "One of my favorite things {about the operations center} is seeing teams of individuals working here together."

The US Airways workers "had a great facility in Moon," the Pittsburgh suburb where the US Airways operations center was located, Parker noted. But "their future is more secure than it ever was at US Airways," he said.

Among the differences between the two groups of dispatchers, Persuit noted, is that US Airways dispatchers have worked at an airline where weather-related ground delays at Northeast airports affected a bigger percentage of the airline operations. The airline was perhaps more willing to ask regional partners to cancel flights as airports cut back on operations, he said.

For now, the US Airways dispatchers and the American dispatchers only dispatch their own airlines' airplanes. Until there is both a joint contract and a merged fleet, that will continue.

The grand opening ceremony Tuesday provided a sense of the American Airlines culture. The center is named for Bob Baker, a widely respected former American Airlines executive. Baker's son Rob spoke, calling himself "kind of the Tim Smith of the family," referring to a former long-time American spokesman.

And Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price reminded those from Pittsburgh: "Remember those of you who are from Pitt -- we root for the Cowboys around here."

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.