American Airlines employees who are members of the Allied Pilots Association, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and the Transport Workers Union rallied on Capitol Hill June 22 in support of the Pension Protection Act, introduced earlier this month by Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.
"We are asking for a sensible approach to pension legislation that does not undo the hard work of the employees and management of American Airlines to restore our company and preserve our retirement plans," the coalition said in a statement issued at the rally.
Later that day, the House Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee approved the bill by a voice vote, despite concerns of lobbyists representing employers. It now goes before the full House Education and the Workforce Committee, which Mr. Boehner chairs; a vote is expected June 29. Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill, is expected to fold the legislation into a larger Social Security bill, along with other retirement plan provisions.