Continental Airlines Pilots File Lawsuit Against Union

By Robert Yee on 25 February 2014
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On board one of the last Continental Airlines flights

Six former Continental Airlines pilots who now fly for United Airlines have filed a class-action lawsuit against their own union. The lawsuit claims that the Air Line Pilots Association used a formula that unduly favored pilots from United Airlines when Continental merged with United in 2010 to form what was then the world’s largest airline.

The lawsuit also alleges that ALPA sacrificed the pilots’ interests to further pursue monopoly status as the only union available to airline pilots in North America.

The union “ignored its duty to be fair,” according to Adam Milasincic, a Houston-based attorney who is representing the group.

The six pilots claim that ALPA sided with the United pilots because that group would have had enough members to switch to a different union. The union lost members during the 2005 merger between US Airways and America West under similar circumstances.

The Continental pilots further assert that ALPA used faulty information to skew seniority figures. Seniority among airline pilots determines pay, rank, schedule, flight routes, types of planes flown, and job security.

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