A federal judge in Texas today blocked an election by 10,000 American Airlines passenger service agents that the National Mediation Board (NMB) last week ordered to begin June 21. Last month, American filed suit against the NMB’s decision to allow the workers to vote on joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
In a statement this afternoon CWA said:
Clearly the airline is afraid of workers having their democratic vote and has been fighting hard to stop it.
The judge’s decision, says the union, means the workers will “suffer irreparable harm.”
Agents who are being forced to make life-changing decisions right now about their jobs will be harmed by this vote not going forward, not American Airlines that filed for bankruptcy with $4 billion in the bank, in large part to throw out its collective bargaining agreements with union workers and gut the jobs, benefits and working conditions for the passenger service group.
Originally the NMB set the election in May. But American refused to submit to the NMB the names and addresses of the eligible employees so ballots could be mailed to them. The agents and CWA supporters delivered labels containing the names and mailing addresses of nearly all eligible passenger service agents to the NMB and that’s when the NMB ordered the June 21 election.
American’s “repeated delays” to the election process, says the CWA, are part of the airline’s 15-year campaign of vicious attacks on the workers who are seeking as union voice.
We will make every legal challenge and argument necessary to make sure that agents get their right to vote.