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AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION REPORTS SAN FRANCISCO JURY REJECTS CLAIMS OF UNITED 'PILOT SCABS'; RULES IN FAVOR OF ALPA

AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION REPORTS SAN FRANCISCO JURY REJECTS CLAIMS OF
 UNITED 'PILOT SCABS'; RULES IN FAVOR OF ALPA
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- After a ten week trial, an eight person federal district court jury unanimously ruled in favor of the defendant, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), rejecting the plaintiffs' arguments that the union had improperly harassed them after a 1985 strike by United pilots, ALPA reported today.
 John Hathaway Walker and Jack McGahey, who had crossed picket lines during that strike, argued to the jury that they were mistreated by the returning strikers in a manner which caused them grave emotional stress. Walker claimed that, as a result, he was forced to take medical retirement. The jury, however, did not agree.
 The union's witnesses acknowledged that many of Walker and McGahey's friends and acquaintances no longer socialized with them after they crossed the picket line. However, as Roger Hall, chairman of the United pilots' Master Executive Council (MEC) said, "The United pilots' behavior during and after the strike was professional. To a man, there was no departure from safe and standard operating procedures. We are very pleased with this decision."
 Walker and McGahey asked the jury for a multi-million dollar verdict. Instead, the jury's verdict in favor of ALPA reaffirms the law's recognition that union members are entitled to exert social and moral pressures on their colleagues in the course of conducting a lawful strike.
 ALPA represents 42,000 commercial airline pilots flying for 44 airlines.
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 /CONTACT: Kathi Hardin of ALPA, 708-292-1708/ CO: Air Line Pilots Association ST: California IN: AIR SU:


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