New legal action against American Airlines is being planned according to a statement released today by a group of former TWA employees. At issue once again is the severance dispute with the previous TWA Israeli employees. As per Frequent Business Traveler:
The tension between the former workers and the airline began when American acquired TWA’s assets in 2001 and discontinued service to Israel. According to newspaper reports at the time, the move left over 75 people without jobs and pension benefits. The situation spurred a nine-year legal battle between the former TWA employees and American, which was settled four years ago in court. The merger, along with the fact that an American Airlines-branded carrier will operate flights to Israel, has brought the issue to the surface, and the former TWA employees have gone public, claiming that they have not received the settlement that was due. Meir Knobel, a former TWA station manager in Israel, said that a failure on the part of American to address the outstanding issues with former employees could result in a “negative public campaign” against American.
In much older (and less confirmed) news, exMiami, a website “chronicling Miami’s Transformation” reported last March (well before the merger was approved) that a well-placed source at US Airways confirms that American will add flights to Tel Aviv from both Miami and New York’s JFK airport.
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