American Airlines is once again sticking it to their unions.
American Airlines (AMR) is still spending millions of dollars to block the service agents from holding their election. The election would officially recognize the Communication Workers of America (CWA) as the sole representation of the workers. This election has been held up for months due to a technicality over the percentage of people who say they want the union representation prior to the elections.
“We filed for this election almost a year ago and the company has been uncooperative from the beginning,” said CWA Organizing Director Sandy Rusher. “What are they afraid of? They know what we know – a union will give agents a voice and a seat at the table. Agents haven’t given up and we won’t give up on them.”
Two American Agents event went to Congress looking for assistance with this matter. See the video here.
No matter what American Airlines says the hard working agents are not giving up. The agents and CWA have been fighting for their election for months and now they will finally get the vote they are asking for.
American Airlines agents will vote for representation beginning Dec. 4, when voting instructions will be mailed, and ending Jan. 15, 2013, under a schedule announced Nov. 1 by the National Mediation Board.
“After more than a year of needless delays, we finally can vote to form our own union, to secure a real voice on the job,” said Anne McCarthy, BOS. “It’s about time,” added Ted Tezino, SRO. “This shouldn’t have been in the courts in the first place. To all the agents out there who are undecided, I say wake up and see what’s going on! The company is not on our side.”
Ted is right American Airlines is not on their side. A local Dallas TV station aired this story on the problems American Airlines is having with their third party contractor (embeded below).
The story highlights that the third party contractor may not have the proper clearance and credentials to access the secure side of the airport. They have also been receiving numerous complaints on the work these contractors have been doing across the country. These contractors are reportadly responsible for over 300 flight delays in their first two days.
These are only some of the horrors being brought to light about this outside contractor.
Agents for American Airlines need to know that without a union their jobs will be outsourced too. AMR will cut your job, just to hire you back at less pay and no benefits.
Stand up for your rights and get out there and vote between Dec 4 th and
Dec 7 th. Get all the information about how to vote and make your voice heard!
My name is Matt and I stand in solidarity with the Service Agents at CWA!