Condemning Anti-Union Behavior By American Airlines

WHEREAS, for more than three-and-a-half years, American Airlines has been in collective bargaining negotiations with its Fleet Service, Stores, and Maintenance & Related ground workers (including Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Plant Maintenance Mechanics) represented by the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) and International Association of Machinists (IAM) - both members of the AFL-CIO;

WHEREAS, our union Brothers and Sisters represented by TWU and IAM are still working under labor agreements that contain wage, work rule, and benefit cuts as a result of multiple corporate bankruptcies by American Airlines and its merged partner U.S. Airways even as the “New” American Airlines Inc. now rakes in billions in profits, year-over-year;

WHEREAS, collective bargaining contract talks between American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union and International Association of Machinists have stalled on matters of outsourcing and offshoring of TWU & IAM union members’ jobs to domestic contract service companies that pay workers poverty wages and limited benefits (if any) and to overseas workers with even lower pay and no Federal Aviation Administration oversight for compliance, safety, and security;

WHEREAS, in an act of desperation American Airlines has filed for a permanent injunction against TWU and IAM aircraft maintenance technicians, performing their job duties in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations, in the notoriously anti-union 5th Circuit Court of the United States, coming before a judge who has overwhelmingly favored American Airlines in his 34 decisions on record since 2000;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Texas AFL-CIO condemns American Airlines over its continued efforts to outsource TWU and IAM aircraft maintenance technician jobs to foreign contractors at the risk of public safety and security to our nation’s air transportation system and our Fleet Service, Stores, and Plant Maintenance jobs to vendors who provide low wages and little if any benefits to their workers;

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Texas AFL-CIO condemns efforts by American Airlines in the anti-union court 5th Circuit Court of the United States to stall and manipulate attempts at good faith negotiations toward a collective bargaining contract with members of the Transport Workers Union; and

  

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Texas AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters represented by the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)  and International Association of Machinists (IAM) in their fight for the safety and security of passengers and against the outsourcing and offshoring of American jobs, while standing with all Labor in the fight against corporate greed.

 

Submitted by Brian Golden and Transport Workers Union.