Impacts of DOJ Merger Decision

Thoughts from Steve Langhi, American Airlines Airport Agent, DFW

As someone who has spent many years advocating for a voice at work with CWA representation, this has been a turbulent year to say the least. But despite it all – the bankruptcy and outsourcing, the election and merger – I’m here to say I feel optimistic about our future. I’m ready to stand up and fight back.

After everything we’ve seen, any doubts about where we stand with American Airlines management should be erased.

I had friends who worked at smaller stations and weren’t supportive of the organizing campaign because they thought their personal relationships with managers would protect them. Unfortunately, those didn’t count for much when outsourcing orders were being issued from headquarters.

And the redcoat contractors who do our outsourced work, I don’t know about you but I don’t see management bringing their numbers any direction but up.

I always try to find the silver lining in things, and I think we have to look on all of this as an opportunity, a chance to wake up and smell the proverbial coffee.

I don’t know what will happen with the US Airways merger, whether the DOJ will accept terms and conditions or whether they will succeed in convincing a court to block it. But I do know we need to be prepared to move forward either way.

We are signing two authorization cards, one for CWA in case the merger continues to be blocked and one for the CWA-IBT Association we would join with our US Airways brothers and sisters if the merger is approved.

This is important because it will mean we will have the quickest opportunity to vote for a voice at work regardless of what is decided. Because of election rules the earliest we could have an election at just American Airlines, the CWA card, would be January of 2014, one year after our last one.

Steve Langhi Portrait

Once we won representation with CWA as a stand-alone carrier, we would be in a better position if a merger did eventually occur. Or, if the merger is approved sooner we will be able to file for a joint election with US Airways passenger service employees as we’ve been planning to do the past few months.

Our campaign is about the big picture, about finally having a voice in our future. These next few months are a golden opportunity for us to get our house in order and make sure that every agent and representative knows why we need to organize.

Not getting involved isn’t an option. It’s time to stand together and say CWA YES!