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Air Line Pilots Association Agrees To $53 Million Settlement With TWA Pilots
 
 

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 alleged. 

 

At that time Allied Pilots Association placed most of American Airlines pilots, 2,500 at the top of the seniority list while placing most of TWA pilots at the bottom, 1,100. It worked out that 1 in 6 TWA pilots made the list. 

In 2011, a jury agreed that the Air Line Pilots Association did not act in the best interest of the TWA pilots and found them guilty an on March 17, 2014 a trial was to begin to establish damages. 

However, two months before the case was to go before the court, the Air Line Pilots Association and the TWA pilots agreed on Thursday to a $53 million settlement. Had the case been settled in court it is believed that the TWA pilots would have received more than $250 million in damages. Before the settlement agreement becomes final U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas must approve it.
 

 

 
 
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