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American Airlines agents narrowly reject union bid

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: January 15, 2013

The union could launch another organizing campaign, but rules approved by Congress last year would make it harder to force an election. The issue also could come up again if American parent AMR Corp. merges with US Airways, whose agents are represented by CWA and the Teamsters.

American went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in a failed bid to block the election.

American argued that the union should have been required to show support from 50 percent of eligible workers before an election under a change in voting rules approved by Congress in February 2012. But the union argued that it only needed 35 percent support to force a vote under rules that were in effect when it filed for an election, and the courts upheld that view.

The agents are the largest bloc of nonunion workers at American. The airline's pilots, flight attendants and ground workers are represented by other unions.