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Leonidas Update January 27, 2017

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Many are asking about the refund discussed in our previous update. The October update stated that a significant amount (if not the majority) of contributions would be returned to the contributors or their survivors once it is determined what additional expenses may be incurred. This plan to refund your contributions has not changed. 

 

The October update requested that you stop your contributions. While most did, there are a few that have not cancelled their automatic PayPal contributions to Leonidas. We cannot do this for you, and ask that you go to your PayPal account and cancel the Leonidas payment. 

 

We agree with the majority of pilots that the seniority award has numerous issues. However, consultations with both the attorneys for the West Merger Committee and the attorneys for the West pilot class see no viable cause of action to challenge the award itself. West pilots “below the line” (starting with P2071) bore the brunt of harm with this award. However, there are West pilots receiving some benefit with new opportunities throughout the combined AA system via the few system wide vacancy bids now behind us. 

 

The company and APA entered into a 6 month SOL (Statute of Limitations) agreement to allow any potential challenges to the ISL award. This agreed-to SOL expires in mid-March. We should be able to determine if any additional expenses will be incurred after that point and then the total amount available to refund will be calculated. 

 

Suggestions have been made to use the money to set up scholarship or hardship funds or to fund other actions in the interest of West pilots. That will not happen. It is our intention to return as much of your contributions to you as soon as possible to allow you to choose what to do with your funds. We look forward to returning the majority of contributions as soon as possible and shutting down the Leonidas organization. 

 

To refund your contributions, one item we need is your current address. Please go to www.cactuspilot.com and click the “Join Our Mailing List” link. That link will ask for your P#, address and contact information needed to process your refund. 

 

 

Thank you for your support and patience as this important milestone approaches. 

 

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Leonidas Update October 25, 2016

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Thank you for your generous contributions to Leonidas LLC. We are pleased to announce that the appeal of the LMRDA settlement in North Carolina was withdrawn and the agreed to $5.5 million was deposited in our trust with the ASU Alumni Law Group yesterday, October 24, 2016. This now makes it possible to pay remaining legal fees and outstanding merger committee expenses, in addition to retaining necessary reserves for unforeseen contingencies. It also allows Leonidas, LLC the luxury of doing something we have never been able to do before, which is to ask our contributors to stop giving at this time. 

 

It is important to note that additional expenses may be incurred during the coming months due to the ISL Dispute Resolution Committee and/or any litigation that might arise over the ISL award or its implementation initiated by any pilots or other organizations from the combined pilot group. As soon as Leonidas LLC is confident that no further expenses will be incurred, the remaining balance will be returned to the contributors or their survivors. The amount of the refund will depend on the amount of additional expenses incurred, but in the most likely scenarios, Leonidas, LLC contributors should recover a significant (if not the majority) of their contributions over the years to support the required litigation as well as the West Merger Committee. Refunds will hopefully be provided sometime during 2017. 

 

In the meantime, we ask that you stop further contributions immediately. Thank you for your support and continued financial contributions to this important milestone. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Leonidas, LLC 

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America West Merger Committee Update September 6, 2016

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Fellow pilots: On Tuesday, September 6th, the arbitration panel released its final opinion and award. A copy of the opinion and award, and final integrated seniority list are available for download at the following locations: 

 

APA 

 

www.west-merger-committee.com 

 

A brief summary of the award is as follows: 

 

STEP ONE  Creation of a new East / West seniority list 

 

 The Nicolau Award was not used.

 The new East/West list integrates all pre-US Airways/American West merger West and East pilots on an 85% status & category / 15% longevity basis. (This list was constructed using 2013 job counts & longevity instead of the 2005 figures).

 All MDA CEL & Third List pilots are placed at the bottom of this list in DOH order. 

 

STEP TWO  Integration of the new East/West list with the Legacy AA list

 Also using an 85% status & category / 15% longevity hybrid methodology.

 Status & category based primarily upon JCBA pay categories 

  - No adjustments were made to the ratios that existed as of December 9, 2013 (e.g. no 75% adjustment of ratio numbers as proposed by AAPSIC)

  - No combining of Group IV FO / Group II CA or Group II FO / Group I CA.

 Longevity calculated according to West proposal

  -Longevity = time at mainline less furlough time, using DOH for US Airways pilots and Hire Date for LAA pilots

  -No longevity credit for Letter T, MDA, or Eagle. 

 

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Leonidas Update September 12, 2016

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A week has gone by and we remain as shocked as you are by the ISL award. While we did not know what the award would be, no one expected the Board of Arbitrators (BOA) to punish the West pilots for successfully defending our legal rights for the past nine years. Disregarding the Ninth Circuit's ruling entirely, the BOA effectively forgave the East pilots for their DFR breach and permanently rewarded them for their illegal acts at the expense of the West pilots, and to a lesser extent, LAA pilots. Furthermore, the BOA credits the former East furloughees’ with their December 9, 2013 Category & Status job placements. In doing so, the BOA permitted the East pilots to reap the gains they attained by the TA (Transition Agreement) imposed fence and the company’s decisions for the hiring of pilots and allocation of flying at the “New US Airways.” This is in direct conflict with section IV (D) of the TA which specifically stated that the company's interim decisions for flying allocations cannot be used to determine the ISL. In this award, the BOA not only set aside the Nicolau Award, but also the Eischen Award, the B757 LOU, the 2005 TA and its protections for the West’s share of post merger flying including the large growth in Wide-body aircraft. The BOA simply gave short shrift to the careers the West pilots brought to the 2005 merger with US Airways and our post-merger career benefits. East pilots, saved from liquidation and unemployment by the 2005 merger with AWA, chose to remain at their lowest-in-the-industry bankruptcy wages to extend the TA imposed fence for over ten years. The BOA ignored the crime, rewarded the perpetrators, and then punished the victims. Stunning! 

 

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Leonidas Update August 31, 2016

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West Mediation Group Update Regarding
“Global Settlement” Fairness Hearing
 

 

On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, a Fairness Hearing was held in Judge Conrad’s Court in the Western District of North Carolina to hear objections from class members to the Global Settlement Agreement. The Global Settlement encompasses all outstanding and potential future litigation between West pilots, Leonidas, USAPA and certain East Pilot defendants. 

 

A few months ago, we updated you on the series of steps required to obtain Judge Conrad’s approval of the settlement process. Compliance with federal class action notification requirements was necessary to formalize the settlement agreement and secure a final judgment from the Court. You may recall that, after intense negotiations over several days in North Carolina, mediated by neutral Gary Hemric, followed by additional weeks of continued settlement talks, the parties reached a global settlement whereby all outstanding issues from over 8 years of litigation could be put to rest. Notice regarding the terms of the settlement were sent out to class members by multiple means, and class members were invited to respond and/or object. Objections were received and submitted to the Court, and the parties were allowed to respond to the objections. 

 

Working with all involved counsel to the USAPA v. Velez and Leonidas, LMRDA I and II litigation, and the remainder of the Addington III litigation, the West Mediation representatives and Leonidas were confident that we would be able to complete the necessary steps to secure a positive result for all parties involved in the various outstanding litigious disputes. Counsel filed a Joint Motion for Final Approval of the Global Settlement, and prepared for the Fairness Hearing scheduled in front of Judge Conrad.