American Airlines Seeks Court Order to Block Union Vote
By David McLaughlin – Jun 12, 2012 10:02 AM ET
AMR Corp. (AAMRQ)’s American Airlines asked a federal judge to stop a union-representation election scheduled to take place among passenger service agents 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 ordering an election, said the agency “completely disregarded that its very statutory authority to act was at issue” in the litigation.
“The board has refused to wait for this court to decide whether the board exceeded its statutory authority by authorizing an election under these circumstances,” American said.
Voting by the passenger service agents, who take reservations and work at airports, is scheduled to begin June 21, according to the court filing by American.
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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