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continue working. NWA gave Mr. Farran no end date for his
positions in Detroit, Chicago, and Boston. NWA no longer
required Mr. Farran to perform any services whatsoever in the
Minneapolis area once he was bumped. Mr. Farran searched for
work in the Minneapolis area and took classes to further his
education, but was unsuccessful in finding a position in the
Minneapolis area. In fact, he ultimately accepted a position in
Dallas, Georgia. Although Mrs. Farran and the family remained in
the family residence with occasional visits from Mr. Farran while
Mr. Farran worked in Detroit, Chicago, and Boston, this fact
alone does not dictate that Mr. Farran’s tax home was in
Farmington, Minnesota, where the family residence was located.
Unlike traveling salespersons who may be required to return to
the home city occasionally between business trips, Mr. Farran’s
business ties to Minneapolis ceased when he was bumped.
The Court understands that the NWA mechanics’ lives were
unsettled and disrupted. Mechanics did not know how long they
would have a job in once specific location. They only knew the
system was based on seniority. They could bump less senior
employees, and they could be bumped by more senior employees.
While we acknowledge that Mr. Farran would have liked to return
to the Minneapolis area to work for NWA, Mr. Farran did not know
when such a return would be possible due to the seniority system.
The likelihood of Mr. Farran’s return to a position in
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