By Terry Maxon--
The Communications Workers of America is taking out newspaper ads in Dallas (the Dallas Morning News) and Washington on Thursday to tell its side in its battle with American Airlines .
The National Mediation Board, with the CWA, recently won a fight before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of appeals to let the NMB proceed with a representation vote by American’s passenger service agents.
The NMB has scheduled a vote by the AA employees for Dec. 4 to Jan. 15, while American is appealing its appeals court loss to the U.S. Supreme Court and asking the appeals court to let American put the vote on hold while it gets an answer from the high court.
The gist of the CWA ad campaign, plus visits to congressional offices in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and Friday, is to put pressure on American to quit stalling.
“Flights aren’t all that American Airlines delays,” the ad has as its headline.
“The right to vote. It’s the most fundamental American right there is. But American Airlines hasn’t stopped trying to block passenger service agents from exercising their democratic rights, now for more than a year,” the ad’s body reads.
For a look at the full ad, click here: CWA ad, DMN, Nov. 15, 2012.
In Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants took out an ad to acknowledge the delays that passengers have endured and to thank the customers for sticking with American Airlines.
But it was mostly a public airing of the union’s unhappiness with the carrier’s management and the APFA’s support for a merger with US Airways.
“While our competitors had the vision and foresight to consolidate networks and operations, American’s executives decided to weather the storm with employee concessions. With up to one-third of our salaries and bene?ts sacri?ced, our contributions were squandered. During this time, our competitors introduced innovative and attractive products and networks while American lagged behind with an aging ?eet and diminishing routes.
“We, the employees, did everything we could to save American. We have continued to deliver the most professional on board experience possible with the tools we are provided. Despite our efforts and our sacri?ces, we lost some of our most valued customers, many of whom we came to know by name.”
Here’s the APFA ad: APFA ad, Nov. 13, 2012.