American defends its lawsuit against union action

The airline says its decision to try to block union organization is warranted

When American Airlines Inc.’s (AA) ticket counter and gate agents decided to organize a union-representation election, the airline didn’t take too kindly to it. In fact, AA filed suit to block the election that would decide if agents would be represented by the Communications Workers of America, a union that represents workers in various communications professions.

The airline filed suit last month against the National Mediation Board, saying that under a new federal law, the union needed 50 percent support from its agents before an election could take place. The union, however, argued that it only needed 35 percent, which was the mainimum when the union filed for an election at the end of last year.


Cathleen Flahardy

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