The dispute arose when American was threatening to furlough pilots. The union believed it could prevent layoffs if pilots declined overtime assignments. No pilots were furloughed.
The problem is that the next 333 to return are 7 year plus Twa dudes at over 109.00 per hour.500 hours per day? That seem a bit high. So does the starting pay for the 333 new hires, $177,177/year isn't that more than 4 times the first year pay at AA?
What is the incentive to pick up over/open time at AA?
"Judge Alexander Williams Jr. said an anti-overtime campaign would disrupt American's operations and lead to flight cancellations. He said the union was "attempting to exert economic pressure on American" and he questioned whether the pressure was allowed while the two sides are in labor negotiations."
A union will typically loose when they collectively attempt to disrupt the 'status-quo'. And they know that. Waste of union bucks on that one!
... I find the whole union idea in the airlines a joke when it comes to representing all members and looking out for one another...