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.
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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."