Continental Sues Union Over "Alcoholic" Pilot

Law360, New York (April 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Continental Airlines Inc. has filed a lawsuit against a pilots union, seeking to vacate an arbitration award reinstating a pilot who had been fired for refusing to submit to a surprise test for alcohol.

The suit was filed Friday in southern Texas against the Air Line Pilots Association International under the Railway Labor Act. The complaint asked the court to vacate the arbitration board’s decision reinstating the pilot, Ronald A. McWhirter.

According to the suit, McWhirter was employed by the world’s fifth largest airline pursuant to...
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