Member # 722
25 June, 2012
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
To: Ms Catherine L. Steege
Attorney-At-Law, Jenner & Block
Dear Ms Steege: please allow me to introduce my self. I am Retired TWA Capt. William A. Kirschner, President of the TWA Active Retired Pilots Association.
I have been in contact with Capt. Jim Sovich, Chairmen of the C-1114 Committee of the American Airline retirees. He suggested that I fax you the information regarding the health and life insurance information that was given to the TWA Retirees during the take over by American
Airlines, January, 2002. The insurance covers all retired TWA employee categories and affects approximately 12,000 retirees still remaining.
This insurance is completely different from the American Airline retiree groups and we are concerned about losing our benefits during the C-1114 negotiations.
Purportedly, TWA gave American $366 million to cover these programs. United Health Care handles the health part and MetLife handles the life insurance. We have been trying to get answer from MetLife as to how this term life insurance is funded. So far no positive reply from them and American says "they are not answering that question at this time."
Another one of our big concerns is that all TWA retirees received a Bar Date Filing form which needs to be filed for a claim by 16 July. Now, with Judge Lane's delay on his C-1113 decision until 29 June, there will be little time left if American files for C-1114 and the bar date. We have been trying to get an opinion as to, do all 12,000+ retirees have to file individually for their insurance or will we be protected under the original TWA/American Airline agreement?
I am sorry for the many fax pages but it is a complicated matter. Any assistance you could provide in these matters would be most appreciated.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Captain, William A. Kirschner, President TARPA
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