In what could be seen as a precursor to what the National Mediation Board is saying to American Airlines' unions at a meeting in Fort Worth on Thursday, the Transport Workers Union has divulged a little of what was said to its American Eagle union representatives on Wednesday.
Federal mediators met with the TWU, which represents American Eagle ground workers and mechanics, on Wednesday afternoon and told them it remains committed to helping the unions reach labor agreements despite AMR Corp.'s bankruptcy filing in November.
"[The NMB] told union and company representatives at a Dallas meeting that the agency 'intends to be engaged and active throughout the process,'" the TWU said in a statement issued Thursday morning.
A similar meeting is scheduled for Thursday morning between American, the Allied Pilots Association, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and the TWU.
Here is the full text of the statement from the TWU:
Representatives of theTransport Workers Union (TWU) and executives from AMR subsidiary American Eagle were notified Wednesday evening that the National Mediation Board (NMB) remains committed to helping unions at American Airlines and American Eagle reach labor agreements with parent company AMR – despite the company’s November bankruptcy filing. TWU represents ground workers, dispatchers, ground school instructors and mechanics at American Eagle.
Harry Hoglander, Member of the National Mediation Board (NMB), joined by Larry Gibbons, Director of Mediation Services for the agency, told union and company representatives at a Dallas meeting that the agency “intends to be engaged and active throughout the process.” “Further, that the bankruptcy filing does not immediately impact the NMB’s function or status of cases.” A similar meeting has been scheduled by the NMB for today where representatives from American Airlines and TWU will be joined by union leaders from American’s other unions, The Allied Pilots Association and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. Today’s meeting will be at American Airlines’ headquarters in Fort Worth.
The National Mediation Board’s role under the Railway Labor Act is to mediate and assist labor and management at railroads and airlines reach agreements andsettle disputes.