Q: Why is this the right time for the TWU/IAM representation Alliance?
A: TWU and IAM both believe that fighting to achieve industry-leading contracts for TWU and IAM members at the “new” American Airlines is a better use of resources than fighting each other in a bitter representation campaign. With the issue of representation settled, preparations for joint negotiations can begin much sooner and positive results can be achieved much quicker. We are currently operating in an environment in which unions and collective bargaining are under continuous assault from anti-worker forces. Our preference is to work with other labor organizations to fight management and those who wish to take our rights away, rather than to fight each other. Indeed, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, in a letter to both unions, urged the TWU and IAM to join together rather than fight for precisely this reason.