Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Seham, AICA and the AMR Bankrupcty

From the "MOTION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENT COCKPIT ALLIANCE, INC. FOR ENTRY OF AN ORDER DIRECTING APPOINTMENT OF AN OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF FORMER TWA PILOTS "



3. As of the Petition date, a sizeable portion of the pilots employed by American Airlines (“AA”) are former Trans World Airlines (“TWA”) pilots, many of who have joined the American Independent Cockpit Alliance, Inc. (“AICA”). It is the mission of AICA to protect the interests of its membership in dealings with AA and the APA. Since the acquisition of TWA in 2001, AICA membership has been primarily made up of former TWA pilots. Currently, of the over two hundred fifty members of AICA, 97% are former TWA pilots. AICA’s position is that the draconian seniority scheme dictated to former TWA pilots by the APA (and AA) was motivated by the APA’s hostility towards former TWA pilots and that consequently should AA now seek through bankruptcy to modify or delete the limited protection afforded former TWA pilots in Supp CC, due to a possible claim of 30-50 million dollars per year cost to keep the St. Louis domicile open, then in that case former TWA pilots should be restored to their original (TWA) date-of-hire seniority.

4. While technically represented by the Allied Pilots Association (“APA”), in fact the former TWA pilots face the nearly certain prospect that they will not be adequately, or fairly, represented in this proceeding, by the APA (or the Official Committee). This is because of a long and demonstrated history of hostility by the APA to its minority former TWA pilots that has been so pronounced it has provoked federal legislation in the form of the passage of the McCaskill-Bond Amendment, 49 U.S.C. § 42112, and has resulted in several federal lawsuits over the years for violations of the duty of fair representation imposed by the Railway Labor Act, and on other grounds. Over the years this hostility has resulted in massive erosion of jobs, seniority, pay and benefits for former TWA pilots at AA. Now, with the prospect of AA’s bankruptcy, these same former TWA pilots are placed in jeopardy that the APA will jettison their interests entirely, resulting in mass-unemployment for this distinct group of stake-holders. 
This is from the Seham-backed independent union that started in order to decertify the independent APA. Even we are getting dizzy over the twists and turns this brings to the 1113 proceedings.

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