Organizing/Air- Transport Workers accuse Teamsters of forging signatures – Financial and Business News – MENAFN

Posted: July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Jul 10, 2013

(Menafn – Tulsa World – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) –The Transport Workers Union plans to contest the Teamsters attempt to force a representation vote among American Airlines mechanics, alleging the rival union forged signatures on a petition.

A TWU official said Wednesday that they have gathered evidence of fraudulent signature gathering from the Teamsters and that they will file an official challenge with the National Mediation Board on Tuesday, July 16.

“The rumors have been flying around for months and months about these forgeries and now we have nailed down sufficient evidence,” TWU organizer Fred McCann said in a phone interview.

After decades of TWU leadership at American Airlines, on May 28 the International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed signatures with the National Mediation Board to force a representation vote among some 12,000 maintenance workers.

A Teamsters spokesman did not have an immediate response to the allegations.

Federal rules say that a challenging union needs to gather signatures from a majority of eligible workers. Those signatures are compared to a list on hand from American Airlines.

The National Mediation Board is still vetting the Teamsters’ submission.

Teamsters have also challenged more than 1,300 signatures on American Airlines’ employee list.

The group contends that those people are ineligible to vote because they have been furloughed and taken jobs elsewhere.

The Teamsters have been trying to organize a union representation challenge at American Airlines for about a year, as the company was in the midst of a painful bankruptcy reorganization process. The company managed to exact significant pension cuts from American Airlines employees and the elimination of thousands of positions.

The TWU has accused the Teamsters of raiding jobs. The Teamsters contend that the TWU has been too willing to concede to demands from American Airlines management going back to 2003.

The Teamsters never released the number of signatures that they gathered from American Airlines mechanics and related workers.

But American Airlines turned in a larger-than-anticipated employee list of more than 12,000 workers, raising the threshold for the Teamsters.

Voting started Monday at US Airways as the Teamsters tries to overthrow the incumbent International Association of Machinists.

If the Teamsters can win over the 4,000 mechanics and related, there could be another showdown with the TWU in the future after US Airways and American Airlines merge. The TWU and Machinists unions have already agreed to share bargaining rights after the merger, which is expected to close by the end of September.

But that deal is only valid if the TWU and Machinists still represent workers at both unions. US Airways maintenance workers have until Aug. 12 to vote in their union representation election, either over the internet or phone.

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