St. Louis Public Radio News
4:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2003

Second Union Pushes for Re-Vote

St. Louis, MO – Two of three major unions with American Airlines plan to let workers re-vote on wage and benefit concessions.

Those agreements, reached this month with pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, would keep Fort Worth-based American out of bankruptcy court.

But some workers are raising good-faith bargaining issues, after learning of American's bonuses for some upper management employees.

Those bonus deals have now been rescinded by American.

The union representing American's flight attendants plans to hold a new election on cost concessions.

And leaders of the transport workers said Monday they're planning to hold a new election. Union executive Jim Little says he believes the company's conduct has called the basic understanding into question.

Thousands of St. Louis-based pilots, flight attendants, and ground workers will lose their jobs reguardless of whether American goes bankrupt.