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Sean Logan, The Republic | azcentral.com

American Airways has filed a lawsuit towards its mechanics unions, saying a concerted work slowdown has induced almost 2,200 flight cancellations and delays since February and exhibits no indicators of abating because the summer time journey season begins on Friday.

The airline filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court docket in Texas towards the Transport Staff Union of America, AFL-CIO and Worldwide Affiliation of Machinists and Aerospace Staff (TWU). The 2 sides have been in contract talks since 2015 following the American-US Airways merger.

American says mechanics are unlawfully participating in a slowdown to achieve leverage in negotiations. The lawsuit says they’re taking an “inordinately very long time to restore plane” and refusing to work additional time. It says the strikes have resulted in 644 unplanned canceled flights and 1,500 delays, together with 270 delays of two plus hours.

“The percentages of this being random versus concerted exercise is lower than one-in-one billion,” the lawsuit says.

The unions didn’t deal with the allegations of a slowdown of their response on Tuesday. In a press release, the joint IAM-TWU Affiliation stated it is unlucky American is taking them to court docket somewhat than negotiating a contract and that American is pissed off as a result of mechanics refuse to permit extra upkeep and restore work to be be outsourced to South America, China and Europe.

“The affiliation is prepared and prepared to get again to the bargaining desk at any time and negotiate a good joint collective bargaining settlement, however to take action would take a prepared accomplice,” the assertion stated. “We’d a lot choose to be on the negotiating desk than in a authorized battle introduced on by American.”

American’s allegations are strikingly much like these leveled by Southwest Airlines against its mechanics union earlier this yr throughout a bitter labor dispute. The airline, which stated the upkeep delays and cancellations had been costing the airline millions of dollars weekly, filed a lawsuit against the union in early March. The 2 sides reached a tentative contract later that month. The Plane Mechanics Fraternal Affiliation introduced Tuesday that Southwest mechanics overwhelmingly ratified the brand new contract. 

American stated the alleged upkeep slowdown has intensified because the final negotiation session with the unions, overseen by the Nationwide Mediation Board, ended on April 25. The lawsuit says it’s now inflicting a median 14 cancellations per day, in contrast with eight a day a number of weeks in the past.

It requested for a preliminary injunction towards the union as a result of the alleged marketing campaign threatens to noticeably disrupt the airline’s summer time journey operations.

American stated an extra 2,200 flights could be canceled or considerably delayed (2+ hours) throughout the peak summer time journey season if the slowdown persists at present ranges, which might have an effect on greater than 300,000 passengers. That compares with 914 canceled and considerably delayed flights since February.

American Airways President Robert Isom stated Tuesday the airline wants the unions to cease the slowdown and stated he has “full confidence” they are going to.

“We want all people pulling In the identical course, and I’m fairly assured we’ll get there,” Isom stated throughout a presentation to traders in New York.

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