American Airlines passenger service agents are just days away from the vote count in their union representation election. Next Tuesday, Jan. 15, the National Mediation Board will tally the votes and announce the results at 2 p.m. in Washington, DC.
"We are determined that we will win this and on January 16th we will have a seat at the table and the company will have to start showing us the respect we deserve," said long-time activist and Dallas-Fort Worth agent Rosemary Capasso.
AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, is currently weighing a merger with US Airways. On a recent CWA town hall call, Millicent Burnett, a US Airways agent based in Pittsburgh and a member of the CWA bargaining committee, said her colleagues have been supporting American agents in the drive for representation even before talk of merger "because we understand how important it is to have a voice. There were many years when we didn't have representation, and I don't ever want to go back."
"When American Airlines management starts talking to you about raises, remember that we have our raises committed in a legally binding contract, with job security," Burnett said. "They can't outsource our work. We will vote on what we will accept and what we will not accept."
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