Such bidding, however, would be based on the former TWA
pilots' heavily reduced seniority in favor of the
American pilots, which would cause hundreds of Captains
from the former TWA group to be demoted to First
Officer, and hundreds of former First Officers in the
former TWA group to stand "on call" for days in a row at
a new base if they want to fly.
In November 2011, American filed a bankruptcy petition
in the Southern District of New York. That case is
pending. Subsequent to its bankruptcy filing, American
and APA negotiated for a new pilot collective bargaining
agreement. As part of those negotiations, American
represented that it intends to close its St. Louis base
and eliminate the protective fence by the end of 2012.
These former TWA pilots now flying for American are
alarmed and concerned about American's stated plan to
close the St. Louis base and eliminate the protective
fence. The protective fence in St. Louis was the only
consideration the former TWA pilots received from
American and APA for the loss of seniority they suffered
when American and APA imposed Supplement CC on them.
In response to American's threat to close the St. Louis
base and eliminate the protective fence, former TWA
pilots, some through counsel, petitioned their union,
APA, to either protect their rights in St. Louis, or
restore their lost seniority. APA did neither. Other
former TWA pilots submitted a proposal to American and
APA which would allow for the closure of the St. Louis
base and the restoration of the former TWA pilots'
seniority at no cost to American.
The suit alleges this proposal was ignored, instead,
APA, in collusion with American, agreed that American
can close the St. Louis base, and that if it does, an
arbitrator will decide what if any protection should be
afforded the former TWA pilots, but that under no
circumstance may the arbitrator modify the former TWA
pilots' seniority at American.
Of the dozens of contract items being negotiated by
American and APA, the former TWA pilots' issue is
the only item that would impact only a small segment
of the American pilots as a group. While those
negotiations have not yet produced a new labor
contract, American and APA have agreed to treat the
former TWA pilots in a discriminatory and unfair