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Fort Worth LE - Judge blocks union election at American Airlines

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 25th, 2012
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A union-organizing election for roughly 10,000 employees at American Airlines has been blocked by a federal judge.

FORT WORTH, TX (Catholic Online) - On Friday, Judge Terry R. Means ruled that the Communications Workers of America need signed cards that show that at least 50% of the workers are interested in union representation to earn an election. The union argued that in only needed 35%, the standard until Congress changed the rules in February. However, the union had applied for an election before the change had been made.

The union intends to appeal the judge's decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, as well as appealing to a ruling that barred it from joining the case. The dispute has gained quite a bit of attention outside the airline industry.

The ruling comes as AMR Corp.'s American, which filed for bankruptcy protection back in November, wishes to break contracts it negotiated with other unions that represent pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics.

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