American Airlines wins permanent injunction against mechanics union

Published on : Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A U.S. federal court issued a permanent injunction against American Airlines Group’s mechanics union on Monday. The airline had accused the mechanics union of illegal slowdowns which accordingly to it had devastated its operations during the peak summer travel season.

 

 

 

 

The judgment, issued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, made permanent an earlier order against the TWU-IAM Association demanding the workers stop interfering in American’s operations.

 

 

 

 

Monday’s order prohibits employees from “calling, permitting, instigating, authorizing, encouraging, participating in, approving, or continuing any form of disruption to or interference with American’s airline operations,” including a refusal to accept overtime or complete any maintenance repairs in the normal course of work.

 

 

 

 

American airlines filed a lawsuit in May against the union group after stalled contract negotiations that were being overseen by a federal mediator. At the time, American alleged that the disruption by the mechanics had caused hundreds of flight cancellations and even more maintenance delays.

 

 

 

 

The airlines claimed that the mechanics ‘en masse’ were ‘taking an inordinately long time to repair aircraft.’ The company also said employees refused overtime and maintenance trips, including weeks “with a 100% field trip refusal rate” at its three hubs.

 

 

 

 

The judgment, issued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, made permanent an earlier order against the TWU-IAM Association demanding the workers stop interfering in American’s operations.

 

 

 

 

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