West Merger Committee Update September 20, 2015

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Late this evening, September 19, 2015, the three merger committees will exchange the following information with one another:


1. Pre-hearing Statements of Position, including proposed seniority list integration methodology, and proposed integrated seniority list with accompanying Conditions and Restrictions.

2. Lists of proposed witnesses for the Parties' cases in chief.

3. Proposed Exhibits for Witnesses the Parties' intend to call in their cases in chief.


Although these submissions are due at midnight this evening, it is possible that we may not have access to them until early tomorrow morning, Sunday, September 20. We will publish these submissions as soon as they are available to us. The submissions will also be posted at the following web locations:



During the arbitration hearings, these websites will also contain the daily hearing transcripts in addition to all exhibits and written submissions used in the hearings.





As a reminder, arbitration hearings dates are scheduled as follows: September 29 - October 2, and October 12-16, 2015 as well as January 4-8 and 11-15, 2016. Arbitration hearings for the week of September 29 - October 2 will be held at the Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA 22204. The hearings will generally be open and pilots will be allowed to observe the hearings as space allows. Portions of the hearing however containing information and data subject to confidentiality agreements and restrictions may be closed to observers.


The hearings will begin on September 29 with opening statements from each party; the East committee to go first, followed by the West committee, and then the AA committee. Following opening statements, the parties will put on their cases-in-chief, known as "direct cases", in this same order. Direct cases involve each committee introducing evidence to the arbitration panel by means of witnesses and exhibits. The evidence is generally designed to support that committee's integration proposal, and each witness is subject to cross-examination by the other committees' attorneys. The direct cases are expected to last through October 16.


Following the direct cases, each committee will have the opportunity to present a rebuttal case. In the rebuttal, each committee will have the opportunity to introduce additional witnesses and evidence to respond to evidence and arguments that the other committees presented in their direct cases. The rebuttal cases will not begin until January 2016


Thank you for your continued support.




The West Merger Committee


David Braid          Mark Burman        Johan de Vicq

Eric Ferguson       Jeff O'Connell       Russ Payne

Jim Van Sickle      Mitch Vasin          Roger Velez