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American Airlines is carefully staying out of the fight over which union should represent its mechanics and related employees.

In talking points that were distributed to AA managers, American spokesman Paul Flaningan said:

“Our people have the right to union representation and to choose which union represents them. If the National Mediation Board determines that the Teamsters received interest from at least 50 percent of American’s Mechanic and Related employees and an election is authorized, we hope our Mechanics will examine the options and take the time to vote on the path they believe is best for them, their families, and the company.”

 Here are some “Key Messages” as talking points

• Our Mechanics have a right to decide who represents them, and we encourage them to vote if an election occurs.

• We will provide the National Mediation Board (NMB) with a list of potential eligible voters in the Mechanic and Related group, but it is the NMB that determines who is ultimately part of the class and craft. Once that determination is made, the NMB will check whether the IBT received interest from at least 50 percent of the class and craft.

• If the IBT received interest from 50 percent or more of the class and craft, the NMB will authorize an election and will mail voting materials to all eligible voters at their home.

• This filing only affects the Mechanic and Related Craft or Class as determined by the NMB – not any other TWU-represented workgroup.

• This filing is separate from the IBT’s filing to represent the US Airways Mechanics.

• We expect to hear from the NMB about the class and craft decision in the coming weeks, and will of course cooperate with them, including providing the NMB mailing labels containing employee home addresses, if the NMB authorizes an election.

• If an election occurs, we recommend Mechanics study the options and decide what the best outcome is for them, their families and American.

• Our focus will continue to be our daily operation and running a safe and reliable airline.

Keep reading for American’s Q&A on the potential election.  … [visit site to read more]

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