“Agents who want a union have been battling a vicious
attack campaign for 15 years at American Airlines. This
election, after repeated delays by American Airlines,
finally was set by the National Mediation Board. But
American Airlines doesn’t want to follow the law, it’s
trying to rewrite the law.
There is no
retroactivity for legislation, and clearly none for the
Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization. That’s
been made clear to the airline by Senate leaders, who
wrote to CEO Thomas Horton on May 15. “Beyond the
clearly established precedent that limits the
retroactivity of changes in the law, in this case,
Congress included specific language in the amendments
addressing this issue,” they said.
“The Senate went even further, they wrote, with floor
discussion by the two leading chairmen, Senators
Rockefeller and Harkin, confirming that “the showing of
interest requirement set forth in this legislation
should only apply prospectively.
Communications Workers of America will continue to stand
with the thousands of agents at American Airlines who
want their union voice. We will continue to spotlight
how this airline is ignoring Congress and trying to
impose its own interpretation of congressional intent.
We will make every legal challenge and argument
necessary to make sure that agents get their right to
vote. The facts are on our side. American Airlines
picked the wrong fight.”