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Fort Worth - American Airlines Sues Unions, Accusing Workers Of Slowdown

Published on: May 20, 2019 11:00 PM
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FILE - An American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER aircraft takes off from Zurich Airport January 9, 2018.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoFILE - An American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER aircraft takes off from Zurich Airport January 9, 2018.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

Fort Worth - American Airlines accuses its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity.

The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays since early February by taking an unusually long time to repair planes and refusing to work overtime.

On Monday, American filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Fort Worth against the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which together represent American’s aircraft mechanics.


American says the slowdown will affect 3,400 passengers a day if it continues into summer.

The Transport Workers had no immediate comment. The IAM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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