January 24, 2014 - Back in May 2002, a group of
ex-TWA pilots had filed a lawsuit alleging their
pilots union, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
failed in their duties to properly represent
them during the American Airlines’ 2001
acquisition of TWA assets which resulted in a
number of the TWA pilot being placed at the
bottom of American Airlines pilot seniority list
and being laid off.
In 2001, American Airlines purchased the assets
of TWA which included its aircraft, routes and
unionized employees at which time American
Airlines’ and its pilot’s union Allied Pilots
Association (APA) added a supplement to its
collective bargaining agreement ‘Supplement CC’
which in essence placed the TWA pilots’ on the
bottom American Airlines pilot seniority list.
After 911, many of these pilots were laid off.
The TWA pilots alleged their union, Air Line
Pilots Association failed to properly represent
them during those negotiations with American
Airlines’ pilot union Allied Pilots Association.
“The factual issues in this case are whether the
member of this Class are being fairly
represented by APA in its contract negotiations
with American, and whether American is
implicated in or colluded with APA in its
failure to fairly represent those American
pilots who were former TWA pilots,” the lawsuit