American Airlines Workers Protest At Super Bowl XLV


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American Airlines Workers Protest At Super Bowl XLV

By Steve Hall

February 7, 2011 - Passengers flying into Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) Airport for the Super Bowl, got the message, that not everything is so super at American Airlines when hundreds of TWU members and supporters picketed and leafleted during the Super Bowl Weekend. 

The public learned about the long-running contract dispute and corporate greed at American Airlines when they were handed informational flyers by TWU activists and pass by picket signs and mobile billboards outside Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 

?The workers at American Airlines have made sacrifices and taken cuts, now its time for the company to step up to the plate,? said Gary Drummond, TWU International Director of the Air Transport Division.

?This demonstration during the Super Bowl.. put the public spotlight on the ongoing dispute and lack of a decent contract for the TWU members at American Airlines.? AMR, the parent company for American Airlines, has awarded executives more than $300 million in bonuses while frontline workers have seen wages reduced by 30 percent and thousands have been laid-off. Contract talks for fleet service workers, mechanics, flight dispatcher and other TWU-represented work groups has dragged on for more than four years, despite the assignment of federal mediators. 

"American's management talks a good game," said Darrin Pierce, president of TWU Local 513, which represents baggage handlers and other ground workers. "However, their record shows that they don't play fairly and they have hurt the combined team effort by lining their own pockets while starving ground workers and other frontline employees." 

The NFL Players Association has come out in support of the TWU protest and their campaign for an equitable contract. Members of fellow unions, including the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), joined TWU members on the picket line. Locals representing workers at American Airlines are rallying behind ?one union, one voice? to secure a contract that respects and rewards the hardworking people of American Airlines.


Super Bowl XLV was the 45th annual edition of the Super Bowl game in American football. The game decided the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2010 season, and it was played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers. The game was held at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday evening.

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