Union presses American Airlines to hold labor vote

American is arguing in its lawsuit that the petition to hold the union election was conducted under old NMB rules that required 35 percent of a company's workforce to say it was in favor of holding a vote on unionization. In the bill to provide funding to the Federal Aviation Administration that was approved earlier this year, Congress raised the threshold to 50 percent.

Rusher said American is "doing everything it can think of to stop passenger service agents from having the vote they deserve, even filing court actions based on claims that have been rejected by lawmakers who wrote the legislation being cited.

“It’s just un-American," Rusher said.

The CWA said last week that it was launching an ad campaign to put pressure on American to hold the labor vote.