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Union Says 500 American Airlines Layoffs Averted

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DALLAS (AP) — The flight attendants’ union says that because of job-sharing and other steps, American Airlines won’t have to furlough 500 workers this spring.

American said two weeks ago that it planned to cut 500 flight attendants because it’s flying less than it did a year ago.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants said Wednesday that the furloughs won’t be needed because so many workers signed up for job-sharing and voluntary leave. The company didn’t immediately comment.

The good news is temporary, however. The furloughs were to be on top of 13,000 jobs that American still wants to eliminate in its reorganization plan. American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November.

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