On February 10, 2017, a Federal Judge in Chicago granted final approval of a $2 Million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by management pilots at United Airline against their union, Air Line Pilots Association, International (“ALPA”).
The suit alleged that ALPA breached its duty of fair representation in connection with the distribution of a lump sum payment from United Airlines for retroactive pay that was supposed to compensate pilots for a nearly three year delay in reaching a new collective bargaining agreement in 2012. According to the lawsuit, ALPA created special rules and exceptions to its distribution methodology for a minority group of management pilots that artificially and arbitrarily reduced their share of retroactive pay or cut them out all together. The $2 Million settlement represents a substantial portion of what the class would have received had they succeeded at trial.
Myron M. Cherry and Jacie C. Zolna of Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC represented the class of United management pilots in the suit.