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American Airlines seeks injunction against mechanics for slowdown action.

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American Airlines cancelled a number of flights to and from John F Kennedy Airport in New York on 1 March, claiming that its aircraft mechanics were engaging in illegal slowdown action.

The airline cancelled 90 flights on Wednesday (28 February) and again another 15 inbound flights as well as 24 outbound flights on Thursday morning. American Airlines expected its schedule to return to normal in the afternoon.

A spokesperson for the carrier told The Associated Press: 'We believe this activity is deliberate, illegal and unwarranted, and it is totally unexpected.' The carrier attempted to contact passengers as soon as it learned of the slowdown so that it could offer alternative flights on different days, from different airports or on different airlines. Some passengers affected by the cancellations have received refunds.

The slowdown action, whilst specifically limited to John F Kennedy Airport, affected operations throughout the carrier's network. American Airlines' mechanics and ground support workers are represented by the Transport Workers Union, which has been engaged in contract negotiations with the carrier since October 2000.

American Airlines indicated that it was seeking an injunction and a restraining order against the union and has filed a request in the US District Court, Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn.

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