A federal jury in New Jersey said that the Air Line Pilots Association did not fairly represent former TWA pilots' interests when the carrier merged with American Airlines.
The lawsuit, filed by ex-TWA pilots in 2002, said the union pressured TWA members during the merger discussions and acted in bad faith as ALPA and the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American's pilots, negotiated a seniority list. American bought TWA's assets out of bankruptcy in 2001 for $4.2 billion.
The jury also found that ALPA's "violation of its duty of fair representation," caused injury to some of TWA's pilots. The jury has not yet been decided the amount of damages that should be awarded to the former TWA employees.