On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied American Airlines' request for a rehearing on its case to delay a union representation election by its passenger service agents.
The Communications Workers of America has been trying to organize American's 10,000 passenger service agents. It had been granted the right to hold a union representation vote by the National Mediation Board this past spring, but the vote has been delayed by several court appeals made by American.
The latest appeal at the Fifth Circuit was sent back to a lower court, which was ordered to throw out the case. American had claimed the union did not collect authorization cards from 50 percent of workers, as required by a new law enacted in February. The NMB argued that the previous 35 percent standard should be used since the application for an election was filed by the CWA in December.