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November 27, 2012

Justice Scalia denies American's request to halt passenger service election

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia denied American Airlines' request to delay the passenger service union representation election, union organizers said on Tuesday.

American had asked the court to halt the election while the Fort Worth-based carrier appealed its case.

The airline has argued that 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, which oversees union representation elections, argued that the previous 35 percent standard should be used since the application for an election had been filed in December 2011.

"Attorneys for American Airlines are expected to appeal to the full Supreme Court, but they will need to get four of the nine justices to agree to hear the case, which is unlikely. Scalia is regarded as one of the most business-friendly justices. Even if the court decides to hear the case, it wouldn’t occur until some time in January, probably after our election has been held," the CWA organizers told passenger service agents on its website.

The CWA is attempting to organize 9,700 passenger service agents at American.

"It's been just about one year since agents filed for this election, and many agents have seen their jobs outsourced, wages and benefits cut over that period. Agents want their union and today's decision brings that union another step closer," CWA spokeswoman Candice Johnson said.

UPDATE:  Here is the statement from American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks. "We believe pursuing this case on behalf of the majority of American’s agents and representatives who did not seek or authorize a union election was the right approach. With the election now going forward, we urge all of our agents and representatives to vote."

-Andrea Ahles


Read more here: http://blogs.star-telegram.com/sky_talk/2012/11/cwa-launches-ad-campaign-to-allow-american-passenger-service-agents-to-vote.html#storylink=cpy

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RL

What's this? American Airlines is not getting their way? I guess money can't buy everything or everybody!

Raf

Anyone with half their brain functioning would have known before hand about the inevitable outcome which resulted from AMR's management appeal to the Supreme Court. Hint, hint, the management's case was THROWN OUT of the lower court. What a colosal waste of money AMR's management has engaged in trying to stop their employees from exercising their legal rights under the law.

Doug

"We believe pursuing this case on behalf of the majority of American’s agents and representatives who did not seek or authorize a union election was the right approach. With the election now going forward, we urge all of our agents and representatives to vote."

Wow! Now that is news! American Airlines allocates time & money all the way to The Supreme Court on behalf of it's employees? As if...how do these people sleep at night?

Teresa

On the other hand,
The CWA reportedly is claiming AA is trying to "pad" the voting list with an additional 900 names. These 900 people are either newly hired Reservations Reps or our employees recalled from the Norfolk Res office.

The union has been claiming that we have been trying to disenfranchise our people's vote. So why is the CWA now arguing against allowing these employees to vote?

casual observer

Good question Teresa. It just goes to show that there is always another side to every story. The CWA just doesn't want theirs told.

Don Key

@Teresa n casual observer;
Res agents historically vote no to unionize. Its a much different job than a ticket/gate agent. They don't have to deal with angry passengers or have to run from gate to gate because of the way mgmt. makes up their schedules, I could go on but I think you get the point.
Thats why AA requested those votes to be counted. The CWA is just counter punching. As to the new hires i have no idea, but knowing AA, there's a reason behind it and it probably won't benefit the remaining employees.

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