A federal judge is blocking a union-organizing election for nearly 10,000 employees at American Airlines.
Judge Terry R. Means ruled Friday that the Communications Workers of America needed to get support cards from 50 percent of the eligible workers to qualify for an election.
The union had argued it needed 35 percent, the standard until Congress changed the rules in February.
The CWA called the judge's decision a "travesty for American Airline agents and democracy" and said they would appeal the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
"Here in America we're taught to respect democracy and our right to vote. Sadly, the court's decision today is an attack on the rights of these average Americans, agents who just want the opportunity to participate in a democratic election," Sandy Rusher, CWA Organizing Director, said in a press release.