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November 01, 2012

American passenger service agents union representation vote set to run from Dec. 4 to Jan. 15

American Airlines passenger service agents will get to vote on whether or not they want union representation starting on December 4.

The National Mediation Board announced on Thursday that it will hold the vote from December 4 through January 15. The vote will be conducted through telephone and Internet voting.

American has 9,700 passenger service agents. The Communications Workers of America is attempting to organize the work group.

Dallas/Fort Worth passenger service agent Janet Elston called the vote a "great victory, but we still have a lot of work to do." She added "we need to get our folks voting, and voting yes."

Earlier this week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected American's request to rehear its case against the NMB. 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 had been filed in December.

-Andrea Ahles

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