Pilot Union Leader Forced Out, Leaves UAL Board
CHICAGO (AP) _ Roger D. Hall, a key figure in the employee buyout of United Airlines, was forced out of his union leadership post and resigned from the board of United’s parent company, UAL Corp., officials said Monday.
Hall resigned under pressure Sunday as chairman of the United chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association in a dispute over his authorization of $2 million in fees to Charles N. Goldstein, an ALPA staff attorney, for work related to the employee buyout, ALPA spokesman Hank Krakowski said.
The chapter’s governing board, known as the master executive council, had not authorized the payment and ″felt Roger did not have the authority to make these arrangements without their concurrence,″ Krakowski said. He said no payment had been made to Goldstein.
Due to his resignation from the union post, Hall also resigned as a director of UAL.
He joined the UAL board July 12 after shareholders approved a deal giving United’s employees ownership of 55 percent of the carrier in exchange for $4.9 billion in wage, benefit and work-rule concessions.
Hall was replaced on the board by Harlow B. Osteboe, vice chairman of the United ALPA master executive council, the company said in a statement.
Hall, who had served in union leadership posts for 20 years, returned to flight status as a 747 captain based in Honolulu, United said.