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Tue Jun 18, 2019, 03:28 AM

Southwest union asks its members not to fly American Airlines because of judge's restraining order

A union representing thousands of workers at Southwest and Alaska airlines is asking its members not to fly American Airlines because of a court fight involving the world's largest carrier and its mechanics.

"If you care about your families' safety, do not put them on an American Airlines flight until this injunction is vacated," Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association's national director Bret Oestreich said in a statement over the weekend.

A federal judge issued a restraining order Friday barring American Airlines' mechanics from interfering in aircraft operations. The airline sued its mechanics in May and accused them of engaging in an illegal work slowdown after contract negotiations stalled.

The restraining order means unions and their members cannot encourage or participate in activities like refusing to work overtime with the intention of keeping planes out of service.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/american-airlines/2019/06/17/southwest-union-asks-itsmembers-not-fly-american-airlines-judges-restraining-order

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