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American Airlines Seeks Court Order to Block Union Vote

June 12, 2012

AMR Corp. (AAMRQ:US)’s American Airlines asked a federal judge to stop a union-representation election scheduled to take place among passenger service employees at the carrier.

In a filing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, American requested a court order preventing the National Mediation Board from holding what the airline called an “illegal” election.

American, which sued the board in May over its decision to order an election, said the agency “completely disregarded that its very statutory authority to act was at issue” in the litigation. The board has asked the court to dismiss the company’s complaint.

“American believes the Court should be able to rule on whether the NMB’s authorization of the election was legally permitted, before any election begins,” Missy Cousino, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said in a statement.

The passenger service employees, who take reservations and work at airports, are set to vote on whether to be represented by the Communications Workers of America. Voting is scheduled to begin June 21, according to the union.

‘Just Un-American’

“The airline is doing everything it can think of to stop passenger service agents from having the vote they deserve, even filing court actions based on claims that have been rejected by lawmakers who wrote the legislation being cited,” CWA Organizing Director Sandy Rusher said in a statement. “It’s just un-American.”

A spokesman for the National Mediation Board, which facilitates labor-management relations in the U.S. airline and railway industries, didn’t return a phone message seeking comment.

The case is American Airlines Inc. v. National Mediation Board, 12-00276, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Fort Worth).

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