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November 01, 2012

American intends to ask U.S. Supreme Court to review passenger service agents election

American Airlines said it plans to ask the courts to stay the union representation vote election of its passenger service agents so it can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We are working to protect the rights of our employees, a significant majority of whom did not support a union election," American spokesman Bruce Hicks said.

American has claimed the Communications Workers of America did not collect authorization cards from 50 percent of workers, as required by a new law enacted in February. The National Mediation Board argued that the previous 35 percent standard should be used since the application for an election had been filed in December.

It's latest appeal for a rehearing was denied by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week.

American added that it intends to comply with the NMB request for mailing labels for eligible voters for the passenger service election. There are about 9,700 passenger service agents at American.

Keep reading for the full statement from American.

-Andrea Ahles

Statement from American spokesman Bruce Hicks:

"Though the National Mediation Board announced an election for our Agents and Representatives, American intends to ask the courts for a stay, while we ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. We are working to protect the rights of our employees, a significant majority of whom did not support a union election. By the union’s own admission, less than half of the employee group requested an election, and we believe 50 percent is the appropriate standard for American as it is now for any other airline unionization case.

"Pending the next steps in the court process, American intends to fully comply with a request the NMB made today for mailing labels of eligible voters and other information."

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Comments

airlinerealist

Seems silly to go to the Supreme Court, when it will probably turn them down flat. Though I can understand why American doesn't want yet another union interfering in its business. Especially during a bankruptcy proceeding.

fw1421

Typical of American management. The courts said the agents can vote but Horton and his crew can't stand to see another union on the property. Just let them vote. If there isn't enough to ratify there is no union,but let the workers have a say in their future.

Steve Dean

Protecting their employees by not letting them vote. HAHAHAHA!

George Orwell is alive and working at American Airlines Corporate Communications!

US PHL

The CWA is a nasty bunch that are clearly trying to take advantage of AA's bankruptcy. Many still believe that the CWA's shortsightedness and unwillingness to compromise was a factor in US Airways bankruptcy filing(s). This union is all about collecting the dues and has zero interest in legitimately negotiating with anyone.

Surely AA's agents will stay far far away from this group.

elissa dodge

Just what American needs: another union!
I wonder if the unions will guarantee of the pay of AA workers when the company goes down because the unions are preventing it from getting out of bankruptcy?

Raf

The higher court told the lower court to throw AMR's management case out of court, now they want to appeal a thrown out frivolous litigation case all the way to the Supreme Court? AMR's management knows they are not going to win this battle. No court is going to create precendent just so AMR's management could flex it muscle. They are just trying to delay the inevitable as much as possible.

RL

If American does not get it's way, they will file suit. Plenty of money for legal expenses. Sad!

chuck

Protecting employees' rights, indeed.

If the majority does not want a union, they'll not have one when the voting is over.

A company gets the union(s) it deserves.

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