As American Air Pilots Take Over, America West Pilots Seek Refunds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (TheStreet) -- A day after the Allied Pilots Association became the representative of all 15,000 pilots at American Airlines (AAL) , pilots from the former America West Airlines said they will seek the return of dues accumulated by the union that had represented them at US Airways.

The America West pilots never liked the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, which was created to resist the impact of a 2007 arbitration ruling that generally favored America West pilots over pilots at the former US Airways.

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USAPA ceased collecting dues on Tuesday, after the National Mediation Board ruled that APA -- which was twice its size -- would be the pilot representative. But USAPA said it would continue to represent its members during seniority integration, financed by the money it has in reserve.

"USAPA's officers seem to think they are entitled to keep millions of dollars in dues money, even though USAPA is terminated," said a former America West pilot, who asked not to be named.

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Leonidas, an advocacy group for west pilots, said Tuesday it will seek the return of the accumulated dues money to members.

"Effective immediately, USAPA no longer has the legal status of a collective bargaining agent," Leonidas wrote in a letter to members. "(But) USAPA is still in possession of a substantial amount of dues monies, collected from US Airways pilots for the purpose of collective bargaining -- a purpose which they cannot fulfill anymore."

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