Former TWA Flight Attendants Sue American, Union Over Seniority

By Paul Riegler on 29 June 2014
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The TWA Flight Center at JFK

A group of former Trans World Airlines flight attendants who now work for American Airlines is suing the airline and their union over seniority.

The suit seeks to challenge plans that the two unions representing American’s and US Airways’ flight attendants have to combine their seniority lists based on dates in their current lists.

The plaintiffs say they represent a group of several hundred former TWA employees.

After American acquired TWA’s assets in bankruptcy proceedings in 2001, the American Airlines flight attendant union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, stapled the TWA flight attendants to the bottom of the American seniority list.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn last week, asks that former TWA flight attendants be given seniority numbers based on their hire dates at TWA.

In 2007, federal legislation known as the McCaskill-Bond Act established procedures on how airline unions should merger their seniority lists in future mergers.

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