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.