The Communications Workers of America has worked for years to provide a union for customer service agents at American Airlines. Management, which had already called on a banklruptcy judge to slash workers' rights, claimed that recent changes in the Railway Labor Act, the primary law governing transportation unions, should be applied retroactively against the workers. The judge ruled with management on June 21.
That morning, Jobs with Justice and the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans joined CWA members and airline employees in a spirited rally outside the courthouse in Ft Worth.
We chanted, "Let us Vote" and "This Ain't What Democracy Looks Like!" Organizer Sandy Rusher and District Director Claude Cummings blasted management for their attacks against worker democracy. Most of the television and radio news services recorded the event.
State Representative and U.S. Congressional candidate Marc Veasey sent support, as did State Representative Lon Burnam. Texas NAACP Director Gary Bledsoe was thanked for helping. A few of the American Airlines employees went into the courtroom.
In another step away from worker justice,U.S. District Court Judge Terry Means ruled for management. The CWA said the ruling is "a disgrace and a travesty of justice for 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines." They added, "The Communications Workers of America immediately will appeal this decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals."
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