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Teamsters Applaud Supreme Court's Refusal to Hear Amerijet Lawsuit

Airline Division Director Bourne Says Decision Upholds Justice for Workers
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(WASHINGTON) – The following is the official statement of Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of a petition this week by Amerijet International Inc. The cargo airline sought the court’s review of a federal appeals court ruling that said worker disputes must be arbitrated under a collective bargaining agreement regardless of whether the disputes occurred outside the United States.  

“It comes as no surprise that the Supreme Court would refuse to hear this case, and in doing so, uphold the Eleventh Circuit Court’s reasoning that this lawsuit is without merit,” Bourne said. “The lawsuit by Amerijet is unnecessary and a blatant abuse of the legal process in an effort to circumvent the legally established standards of labor law.”

The case originated from the dismissal by Amerijet of a Teamster crew member while he was flying to Port of Spain, capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Teamsters Union represents pilots and professional flight engineers at Amerijet, as well as more than 80,000 aviation professionals throughout the industry.

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