Federal Judge Orders Mechanics at American to Stop Engaging in a Work Slowdown

By Anna Breuer on 15 June 2019
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DSC_0629A federal judge in Texas ordered on Friday two unions that represent mechanics at American Airlines not to interfere in the airline’s operations.

The order by Judge John McBryde follows a request by the airline for a temporary restraining order that would end what the airline considers to be an illegal work slowdown that has resulted in hundreds of delayed and cancelled flights in recent weeks.

Contract talks between American and the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ended without an agreement in April and American filed suit against the two unions on May 20, contending that the unions’ members were engaging in a work slowdown and were violating federal labor law.

American went to court this week saying that the slowdown had worsened. In a court filing, the airline said that it had had to cancel 722 flights, affecting over 175,000 passengers as a result.

The judge said he ruled in favor of the airline because it is likely to prevail in its suit.

The two unions represent approximately 31,500 employees at the airline, including about 12,450 mechanics.  Union officials have denied that they have sanctioned the slowdown.

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