American Airlines Accuses Mechanics Union of Staging ‘devastating' Slowdown

American Airlines Group Inc. urged a federal judge to quickly end an alleged work slowdown by mechanics that has become "devastating" to the carrier's operations.American sought the order three weeks after asking for a temporary injunction against the TWU-IAM Association, which represents more than 30,000 mechanics, baggage handlers and other airport ramp workers. A July 1 trial set in the case isn't soon enough, the Fort Worth-based carrier said Friday.American asked the court to order the union and its members to stop slowing aircraft repairs or other work and to stop refusing overtime or assignments away from their normal location.The union's "illegal conduct has dramatically escalated and has become devastating to the airline's operations, customers and employees," American said in the court filing. Union members "have dramatically expanded their illegal slowdown activities, and are creating an operational crisis causing significant damage to American, the traveling public and American's employees."The latest filing intensifies a standoff between the two sides after federal mediators suspended contract talks in April, saying they didn't see a way to resolve differences. TWU-IAM is the only major union at American that still lacks a unified contract following the carrier's merger with US Airways in 2013.TWU-IAM didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.  Continue reading...

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