Case Ruled In Favor Of The Airline
A lawsuit stemming from an accusation in June on the part of US
Airways that its pilots were engaged in a work slowdown has been
dropped by the airline's pilots' union.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the two sides "have
agreed to halt the lawsuit," which was filed in a federal court in
Charlotte, NC. Both parties agreed that an injunction put in place
by U.S. District Court Judge Bob Conrad requiring the pilots' union
to stop its labor action, should be made permanent. The case will
go in the books as a ruling in favor of the airline, and each side
will pay its own legal fees.
According to Bloomberg News, the pilots had been encouraged by
the union to call in "fatigued" and increase the number of
maintenance squawks on airplanes as way of showing their
displeasure with ongoing contract negotiations. The result was a
"significant" reduction in the airline's on-time performance, which
US Airways said damaged its reputation, along with the bottom
The pilots' union placed a statement on its website dated
January 11th explaining its position.
"Judge Conrad signed the joint motion to convert the preliminary
injunction, issued September 2011, into a final order of the Court.
Converting the preliminary injunction into a final order avoids the
need for expensive discovery, legal proceedings and trial, and
allows USAPA to concentrate on representing US Airways pilots.
"The injunction remains in effect and prohibits pilots from
engaging in any slowdown, strike, work stoppage, sick-out,
work-to-rule campaign, or any concerted refusal to perform normal
pilot operations in violation of the RLA and prohibits pilots from
urging any other pilots to engage in any such activities.
"Each pilot is subject to the jurisdiction of the Court and is
individually bound by and must obey the injunction. Any individual
pilot who violates the injunction can be prosecuted for contempt of
the order, can be held in contempt, and can be individually fined
or otherwise punished."