Few would argue that history lessons are necessary when it comes to the difficult and oft times abusive merger history of America West Airlines. For over 8 years, USAPA has attempted to denigrate the result of the fair arbitration process which produced the Nicolau Award. During that time, the East pilots running USAPA have done nothing to advance US Airways Pilots’ collective interests.
Fortunately, the merger of American Airlines and US Airways has released all US Airways pilots from the bonds of this deranged autocracy known as USAPA, whose actions while the certified bargaining agent prove that its sole purpose was to undo the Nicolau; the collective bargaining interests of all US Airways pilots be damned.
While September 16, 2014 and January 9, 2015 are red-letter days in the arduous East/West history, there is still work to be accomplished. As we all know, the former bargaining agent (FBA) USAPA, through the East Pilot merger committee, has plans to continue its siege on the arbitral process by denying the fact that US Airways pilots have already been integrated via a fair process. Through recent legal pleadings, the FBA claims that it still represents all US Airways pilots during the coming seniority arbitration of the American Airlines and US Airways pilots despite the January 9, 2015 arbitration decision to the contrary. The former America West pilots have been recognized and awarded separate representation by the Allied Pilots Association during the negotiation and arbitration process set to commence next month.
The immediate assistance of all former America West pilots is necessary (regardless of what USAPA asserts as your membership status in the FBA) to inform those running the FBA that West Pilots do not recognize either USAPA or the East Pilot Merger Committee as the West Pilots’ representative in any capacity, other than what remains to recover each US Airways pilots’ individual share of dues and assessment monies held in trust by the officers of the FBA.
Please read the following memorandum (Memo: All Former America West Pilots), and follow the instructions provided within. Time is of the essence regarding this request as the arbitration hearings begin in late June 2015.
Thank you for your prompt attention.
To: All West Pilots
From: Leonidas, LLC
Re: SLI Arbitration and USAPA
As all of you know, on January 9, 2015, the Preliminary Arbitration Board (“PAB”) issued an Award ordering “APA to designate the West Pilots Merger Committee as a full participant in the seniority integration process.” The PAB issued that Award because, among other things, it found that “[g]iven the history of intransigence and hostility between USAPA and the West Pilots, it is far from clear that USAPA could or would adequately represent the interests of the West pilots. The fact that USAPA's very constitution contains a provision stating that only date of hire principles is acceptable in any SLI process is simply one of several considerations supporting this conclusion.”
APA designated a West Pilots Merger Committee that is working to protect the interests of the former America West pilots. Nevertheless, despite the PAB’s Order and APA’s designation of a West Pilots Merger Committee, USAPA continues to assert both in the SLI Arbitration and the North Carolina litigation that it represents the interests of the West pilots, in part because the West pilots continue as members of USAPA.
We all know that the only reason West pilots continue as USAPA members is to ensure that when USAPA dissolves as required by its Constitution and distributes its remaining treasury to its members, it will have no basis for refusing to distribute money to the West pilots. But the time has come to make sure that the rest of the world knows that as well.
Steve Bradford and Jess Pauley,
This message is to advise you and USAPA that the only reason I remain as a member of USAPA is to be certain that when USAPA dissolves as required by its Constitution and distributes its remaining assets to its members, I will be treated as a member and will receive my share of those assets. I do not remain a member of USAPA for the purpose of having USAPA represent my interests in the upcoming seniority integration proceedings with the American Airline pilots. So there is no misunderstanding, I want to state clearly and unequivocally that USAPA does not represent my interests in that proceeding. Only the West Pilots Merger Committee, appointed by APA at the direction of the Preliminary Arbitration Board, represents my interests in that proceeding.