DALLAS (AP) - The Teamsters are dropping a bid to replace another union and represent about 11,000 aircraft mechanics and other workers at American Airlines.
The Teamsters said Friday they were pulling out because of a government lawsuit this week to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The union said that the lawsuit had thrown American employees in turmoil, and a representation fight between two unions wouldn't help matters.
The decision by the Teamsters is a win for the Transport Workers Union, which represents ground workers at American, the nation's third-biggest airline.
Last week, the Teamsters lost an election to represent 4,600 mechanics at US Airways. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers won with 58 percent of the vote.
TWU released this statement:
Now that we do not have the distraction of an unnecessary campaign among already organized workers, we can redouble our efforts on battling the Department of Justice’s unjustified legal challenge to the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The combined airline will protect good-paying U.S. jobs and benefit consumers by creating a real alternative to the Delta/United duopoly. TWU members are focused on working out the best possible terms of employment at the new American Airlines.
When the Teamsters challenged our union it brought TWU members together. Today, we’re better prepared to address the concerns of workers at American, who have been through a difficult bankruptcy, and to make sure they have the best possible representation on the job.
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