Buying American Airlines’ trumped-up case, a judge in the U.S. District Court in Texas on June 13 granted a temporary restraining order that is likely to delay our representation election. A hearing has been set for June 21, the day the election was to begin under order of the National Mediation Board.
CWA President Larry Cohen denounced the decision by Judge Terry Means as a “total collaboration with management,” and the union vowed a vigorous fight in the court. If anyone has suffered “irreparable harm,” the standard for issuing a temporary restraining order, it’s the employees and not the company. Read more here.
It is American Airlines management that has damaged the company’s reputation — not only among passengers and shareholders, but also among its employees. They have shown a total disrespect for agents, imposing cuts, ignoring our input and denying us the right to vote.
This news comes just hours after DFW agents were turned away by Tom Horton’s office because they didn’t have an appointment, damaging his reputation for having an “open door” policy. They went to HDQ today to present him with over 1,300 signatures on petitions asking him to move forward with your election and to let the outcome decide the support level among agents.
For agents, this is just another temporary setback brought on by American Airlines management, which is trying to wear you down with the hopes that you will give up trying to protect your futures. We are in this fight together until the end. Stand proud, wear your union pin, and work safe.
We will have another Town Hall Call on Wednesday, June 20. Register for the call here.