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took a position at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New
York, effective on June 8, 2003.
Mr. McKeown received another bump notice on July 8, 2003,
and was laid off because he had no one else to bump. Mr. McKeown
spoke to a manager in Newark who told him he would attempt to
recall Mr. McKeown to Newark. Mr. McKeown was indeed recalled to
Newark and began working there later in July 2003. Mr. McKeown
worked in Newark for the rest of the year.
Once Mr. McKeown was bumped or displaced from Minneapolis,
there was no job available for him to return to in Minneapolis.
Mr. McKeown hoped to be able to return to Minneapolis as soon as
there was an NWA job there that he had enough seniority to
obtain. The timing of a return to Minneapolis would depend on
NWA’s needs for mechanics in that city as well as the choices of
other mechanics also subject to the seniority system.
Mr. McKeown and petitioner Cheryl McKeown (Mrs. McKeown)
decided that she and petitioners’ teenage daughter would remain
in the Minneapolis area while Mr. McKeown went to Detroit,
Newark, and New York. Petitioners did not want to uproot the
family, and thus Mr. McKeown incurred additional travel, lodging,
and meal expenses in those cities rather than have the entire
family move to his job locations. Mr. McKeown stayed in a travel
trailer in Newark and New York. Mr. McKeown traveled back to see
his family in Minnesota periodically.
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