(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Communications Workers of America and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
Nov. 1, 2012
National Mediation Board Sets Dates for American Airlines
Nearly 9,700 American Airlines Passenger Service Agents to Vote
Despite Corporate Attack on Workers’ Democratic Rights
Washington D.C. - The National Mediation Board (NMB) today set
dates for the union representation election for American
Airlines passenger service agents.
American Airlines management has spent nearly a year and
millions of dollars trying to block employees’ democratic right
to vote. It was December 2011 when the Communications Workers of
America petitioned the NMB on behalf of passenger service agents
who want an election and a union voice.
Voting instructions will be mailed to 9,700 agents on Dec. 4.
The election will be conducted by the NMB using telephone
electronic voting and Internet voting, with the voting period in
effect from Dec. 4 through Jan. 15, 2013. At 2 pm on Jan. 15,
the vote will be tallied at the NMB offices in Washington D.C.
American Airlines has been instructed to provide the NMB with
labels with the names and current addresses of employees on the
list of those eligible to vote by November 6.
“This is a great victory, but we still have a lot of work to
do,” said Janet Elston, an agent at Dallas Fort-Worth
International Airport. “We need to get our folks voting, and
voting yes.” Elston noted the decision is particularly
important in light of the fact that agents are facing drastic
cuts in pay and benefits and layoff. Meanwhile, American
Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy with $4 billion in the bank
and now has at least $5 billion on hand, continues to slash
jobs, wages, benefits and working conditions.
Earlier this week, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
unanimously rejected American Airlines’ request to reconsider
its October decision supporting passenger service agents’ right
to vote for union representation.
“They will try to keep fighting us, but we have the majority of
the agents on our side, agents who have had enough of being
jerked around,” said CWA Organizing Director Sandy Rusher.
American Airlines has told employees that it will appeal the
federal appeals court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, in yet
another attempt to deny workers their democratic right to vote.
But workers are determined.
“The company is not on our side, it’s time to stand up for
ourselves,” said Ted Tezino, who has spent 11 years working at
American Airlines’ Southern Reservations Office.
Contact: Chuck Porcari or Liz Schilling 202-434-1168, CWA
Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com
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