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NMB asks for more information on TWU/IAM alliance at American

The National Mediation Board wants more information about the union alliance wanting to represent American Airlines’ mechanics and ground workers.

Last week, the federal labor board requested additional documentation as part of the Transport Workers Union and International Association of Machinists application to jointly represent mechanics, fleet service, stock clerks and other ground workers at the combined American and US Airways company. The documentation request specifically referenced simulator techs, according to a post on the TWU website..

“This request is evidence the NMB is actively engaged in processing the Association’s [single-carrier status] determination filing, which is required before Alliance Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stock Clerk members can start negotiating agreements that recognize all of the hard work and sacrifice they have made,” the TWU said in its post.

The TWU-IAM alliance made its official request to the NMB last July but the federal board has yet to rule on the request or call for a representation election among those work groups.

American has not yet started contract talks with its mechanics and ground workers groups because they have not received from the NMB “single carrier status” as the union representative for those groups. The carrier has already completed joint contract talks with its pilots and flight attendant unions.