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TravelAmerican Airlines Mechanics Threaten Strike

23:30  26 may  2019
23:30  26 may  2019 Source:   travelpulse.com

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Southwest Spending Millions Each Week on Maintenance Issues. The airline is in a stand-off with its mechanics ' union, which is triggering an increase in canceled flights. © Photo via American Airlines American Airline plane.

American Airlines Mechanics Threaten Strike© Photo via American Airlines American Airline plane

American Airlines mechanics are threatening a strike – “the bloodiest, ugliest battle” – unless the Dallas-based carrier comes up with a new contract.

In an intense verbal confrontation captured on video and released by the Transit Workers Union, TWU John Samuelson lambasted American Airlines president Robert Isom in one of the airline’s regular town hall meetings with employees. This one took place at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

The mechanics have been without a contract for three years, and it’s getting increasingly bitter. The airline this week filed a lawsuit accusing the mechanics of conducting an illegal “slowdown” at work, to the point where more than 900 flights were canceled or delayed between February and mid-May.

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American Airlines mechanics are threatening a strike – “the bloodiest, ugliest battle” – unless the Dallas-based carrier comes up with a new contract. In an intense verbal confrontation captured on video and released by the Transit Workers Union, TWU John Samuelson lambasted American Airlines

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The union is looking for a better contract after having given the airline concessions for years in the wake of the 9/11 fallout for airlines.

Samuelson said that was hogwash.

“I stand here to tell you that you’re not going to get what you want,” the TWU president told Isom. “If this erupts into the bloodiest, ugliest battle that the United States labor movement ever saw, that’s what’s going to happen. You’re already profitable enough.”

American made $3 billion in profit last year.

Isom quickly shot back at Samuelson and said: “I will tell you this, that anybody that seeks to destroy American Airlines, that is not going to be productive. It just won’t. I’ll tell you what, the rhetoric that says we’re going to battle, we can’t live this way.”

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American Airlines says nearly 11,000 passengers a day are being delayed or having flights canceled because of slowdowns caused by union maintenance American filed the lawsuit in May alleging that since February, mechanics working under the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace

Mechanics at American Airlines are threatening to strike if a new contract isn’t negotiated, and the union president has declared that employees are prepared for the dispute to erupt into “the bloodiest American Airlines merged with US Airways in 2013 to become the largest airline in the world.

Samuelson said he is trying to avoid the airline imposing what is known as “self-help,” a situation where American could foist a new contract on the mechanics without their vote if the federal government allows it.

“If we ever get to a point where there’s self-help, we are going to engage in (an) absolutely vicious strike action against American Airlines to the likes of which you’ve never seen,” Samuelson said. “Not organized by airline people, but organized by a guy that came out of the New York City subway system that’s well inclined to strike power, and who understands that the only way to challenge power is to aggressively take it to them. We’re going to shut this place down.”


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