Dear Doug Parker,
On behalf of the Tarrant County Central Labor Council I’m writing to express my disappointment with American Airlines as a corporate citizen of Tarrant County, North Texas and beyond.
American is one of Tarrant County’s largest employers, and its thousands of employees have always been among the first to volunteer for community service and activism. American workers’ labor and help in the community are invaluable to our society, culture, and the commons of our republic. American Airlines workers get it... Participating in the community is a positive for all. The workers at American have always understood the value of participating in community. However, American Airlines as an entity and corporate citizen is failing.
Part of the reason American Airlines is ‘permitted’ to exist in our republic as a business and as a corporate citizen of the community is because of the value that American provides to our country’s transportation needs and the jobs that are subsequently created to meet that need. Those transportation jobs fuel our nation’s economy. The value those jobs provide to the community should be in parity with the value American Airlines benefits from being a corporate citizen of that community.
Just as the value of stock is negotiated and bargained at NASDAQ and Wall Street and the salaries of executives are negotiated in Boardrooms across the country, the workers at American Airlines have the freedom to organize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions. As you well know, the ground employees, represented by the Transport Workers Union are currently in negotiations with American Airlines for a collectively bargained union contract for the value of their labor. It is time for American Airlines to recognize the value and sacrifices of its employees and sign a fair and equitable contract with the Transport Workers Union.
Ground workers at American Airlines deserve an industry leading contract agreement for their labor that is commensurate to the industry leading profits and benefits the company gains as this nation’s largest airline. The corporate citizen that is American Airlines has an obligation to the community in which it subsists to provide the jobs for a better community. Sign a collective bargain agreement with the Transport Workers Union. Participate in being a bigger part of the community. It is time for American Airlines to own its corporate citizenship in Tarrant County and across our nation.
TWU Local 591 Member