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America West Merger Committee Update December 9, 2014

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As we previously communicated to you, the Preliminary Arbitration begins next week in Washington DC. Although attendance is open to all pilots, the arbitration hearing is being held in a space-limited law office conference room. Additionally, the law office is located within a secured office building, and the security guards will only permit registered visitors into the building. This necessarily means that we cannot guarantee that all who submit an RSVP will be permitted to attend due to space constraints, and the law firm has asked us to require RSVP of those wishing to attend.  Therefore, each pilot planning to attend MUST RSVP as follows:

 

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America West Merger Committee Update December 2, 2014

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We write you this evening with two pieces of important news.

AMERICA WEST MERGER COMMITTEE WEBSITE

We are pleased to announce the launch of our dedicated website. The purpose of the website is to provide you with a single location to remain updated and informed regarding our ongoing efforts to protect the seniority of all former America West pilots. The website will be timely updated with all of our communications to you as well as important documents such as daily hearing transcripts. You may access the website at the following hyperlink:

http://www.west-merger-committee.com/

ARBITRATION PRE-HEARING BRIEFS

Additionally, as mentioned in our previous update, all parties to the Preliminary Arbitration are required to submit “Pre-Hearing Briefs” to the Preliminary Arbitration panel. The Pre-Hearing Briefs outline the dispute and explain each party’s position. The parties have agreed to exchange briefs on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 5pm EST (3pm PHX time). We will post copies of all the Pre-Hearing Briefs to the website as soon as we receive them, and we encourage you to review them at your convenience.

 

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America West Merger Committee Update October 3, 2014

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As we are certain you already know, on September 4, 2014, American Airlines, APA, and USAPA executed a Protocol Agreement which governs the process for seniority integration.  

Paragraph 8 of the Protocol Agreement established a process through which former America West pilots may become recognized as a full and equal party to the seniority integration process. Under the Protocol Agreement, former America West pilots had until 14 days from the NMB’s certification of APA as the exclusive bargaining agent to request to participate in the Preliminary Arbitration. The America West Merger Committee (“AWMC”) requested party status from APA. We have been advised that no other group of former America West pilots claiming to represent the West Pilots has made a similar request, and the matter has been referred to a Preliminary Arbitration Board (“PAB”). The issue for the PAB is a simple one – does APA have the discretion to appoint a West Pilots’ Merger Committee? If the PAB decides that APA does have that discretion, we expect that APA will appoint a West Pilots Committee that will have full party status in the Seniority List Integration process. 

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America West Merger Committee Update November 21, 2014

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The America West Merger Committee (“AWMC”) recently began working internally, assisting our lawyers to prepare for the representation of your seniority interests. We are less than a month away from the first important step, the Preliminary Arbitration. A favorable result in this Preliminary Arbitration will validate our representation of the America West pilot’s interests in the McCaskill-Bond seniority integration process. In the following paragraphs, we will update you about where we stand with regard to both processes.

PRELIMINARY ARBITRATION

The scheduled Preliminary Arbitration is the mechanism agreed to by American Airlines, APA, and USAPA through which the AWMC may be recognized as a stand-alone, autonomous merger committee on behalf of America West pilots in the McCaskill-Bond seniority integration process. In other words, if we are successful in the Preliminary Arbitration, we would have the independent right to represent the seniority interests of the America West pilots without regard to USAPA's position on the issues.

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America West Merger Committee Update September 4, 2014

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As we are certain you know, mediated negotiations called for by the NMB to achieve a SLI Process Agreement have been ongoing between APA, New American, and USAPA in Washington, D.C. since August 5. Noticeably absent in the process has been any representative advocating for the unique interests of the West pilots.

Today, the USAPA BPR, over the objections of the Phoenix Reps, ratified the tentative agreement resulting from those mediated negotiations, subject to reaching modification of the Agreement with APA and the Company on one matter not related to our principal issue – the status of a Committee representing West pilots. We assume that the parties will resolve that issue, one way or another, in relatively short order. If so, more details about the Agreement will surely appear in the days ahead.