Ocasio-Cortez Among 27 East Coast Lawmakers Wading Into American Airlines' Dispute With Mechanics

More than two dozen East Coast members of the U.S. House, including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are wading into American Airlines' dispute with its union mechanics, telling the company to preserve the jobs of U.S. maintenance workers.Their letter was sent to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker as well as the heads of the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists. Those three groups have been locked in a court battle and negotiations centered on a new contract.In recent weeks, the two unions have repeatedly told American Airlines and anyone who would listen that they are concerned about maintenance work done at foreign repair facilities.As part of contract negotiations, the unions are also trying to get American Airlines to commit to keeping a certain amount of repair work at union sites. The letter from 27 U.S. representatives, including several Republicans, says they want foreign mechanics held to the same standards as U.S.-based workers.  Continue reading...

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