Q & A with Tom Parsons on judge ruling on AA labor contracts

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

American Airlines employees rallied Thursday morning outside the US District Court in Fort Worth.

There was a hearing in the morning regarding American's request for a preliminary injunction to prevent passenger service agents from voting on union representation. 

This month, a federal judge in Forth Worth issued a temporary restraining order against American's agents. Thursday was the day agents would have started voting on representation by the Communication Workers of America.

A judge has never canceled a contract for airline pilots, but that's the prospect facing the pilot union for American Airlines  after a decision it made late Wednesday.

Union representatives told American that it would not send the company's final contract offer to its 10,000 pilots for a vote. The Allied Pilots Association said it wasn't a bad deal, it just didn't detail enough about scheduling.

"It was far too much ambiguity and lack of specificity in their scheduling proposal and that's what fundamentally caused this deal to crater," said Tom Hoban, Allied Pilots Association.

The airline said it was disappointed that all 10,000 pilots could not consider the deal for themselves.

Friday, a judge is due to rule on whether to let American cancel all its labor contracts. It's up to American to ask the judge to delay that decision. The airline has not yet revealed whether it would.

Tom Parsons, from Bestfares.com, talks about what he thinks will happen.


 

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