The Transport Workers Union is playing a little offense.
The union, which represents American Airlines mechanics, store clerks, ground crew and other workers, is pushing back against campaigns organized by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association and the Teamsters union to unseat the TWU at its maintenance bases.
In a letter sent to members on Thursday, TWU deputy director of the air transport division Robert Gless laid out why the union sent concessionary contracts to its members for ratification while American is in bankruptcy. All seven of the workgroups the TWU represents at American Airlines ratified agreements with the carrier over the summer."The TWU has, in contrast to the results of most bankruptcies, preserved the majority of the work performed by our mechanic and related members, including 65 percent of aircraft maintenance," Gless wrote in a letter to members. "No contract negotiated by the IBT or AMFA preserves anywhere close to the same level of work, and both organizations have allowed the vast bulk of heavy checks to be outsourced at the carriers where they represent aircraft maintenance."
Both IBT and AMFA are scheduled to hold informational meetings in the next few weeks with American workers.
Click here to download the full letter from Gless.