Teamsters Drop Bid to Organize Mechanics at American

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (TheStreet) -- The Teamsters union said it has abandoned its effort to unionize mechanics and related workers at American .

"The recent announcement that the federal government will fight the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines places the workers at American Airlines in significant turmoil," said Union spokesman Bret Caldwell, in a prepared statement.

"American Airlines' emergence from bankruptcy has been cast into doubt and the union has determined that the continued conflict between labor organizations is not in the best interest of the workers," Caldwell said. "This is not a time for workers to fight among themselves."

On Monday, the Teamsters lost a bid to unionize mechanics and related workers at US Airways. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice said it will file suit to block the planned merger of US Airways and American. The Teamsters had hoped to represent mechanics and related workers at the combined carriers.

"More than 6,000 American Airlines mechanics and related personnel signed cards to make the Teamsters their bargaining representative," the Teamsters said Friday, announcing for the first time the number of American workers who had signed cards.

Recently the Transport Workers Union, which represents mechanics and related workers at American, had filed documents with the National Mediation Board alleging that some of those signatures were forged.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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