American Airlines Customer Service Agents Narrowly Reject Union’s Bid to Represent Them in Collective Bargaining

by Colonel on January 16, 2013

“The airport and reservations-center agents voted against representation by the Communications Workers of America by 3,052 to 2,902, or 51 percent to 49 percent. About 76 percent of eligible workers voted, according to results released Tuesday.

The union said it lost votes because American has laid off 2,000 agents since it filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011. Spokeswoman Candice Johnson said workers who were laid off had to give up job-recall rights to get severance payments, which made them ineligible to vote. “Those were union votes,” she said.

The union could launch another organizing campaign, but rules approved by Congress last year would make it harder to force an election.

American went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in a failed bid to block the election before it took place.

” — Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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