Union Says 500 American Airlines Layoffs Averted

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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  • JPuckett

    Is it not nice as a union worker that I have a say so in what goes on in my compnay. And yes it is my company as much as it is the CEOs, stockholders, and other workers. All you continue to have a right to work and those having nothing to say in their company. You get laid off with no questions asked.


  • susan

    this is really misleading as the announcement a few weeks ago was that 2300 f/a’s would bed laid off and an additional 500 would be asked to take leaves or whatever..thats a total of 2800 jobs, so basically, there are still 2300 to be fired or laid off (whichever sounds better)..read the daily articles and blogs. to stay informed..it doesnt change much,just the wording!.

  • Galluh

    Raechele,Thank you for kieepng us posted via the blog. I know it was a very long trip, but I am so greatful that everyone landed in South America with the grace of God. I knew that our young ambassadors of music would make a great impression as they traveled representing BSS. They are a great group of youngsters. I have been enjoying the comments by Eugene, Alana, and William. It gives me a sense of how much the touring ensemble appreciates the sacrifices that our their families have made. Mary Cay and David are crown jewels that guide give and foster our youngsters to create the so high quality of much to a level beyhong extrodinary. Thank you both for what you have provided our children. A very special thank you to Linda for the hours of work and sacrifices she brings to BSS as well.Give Isaac a big hug for me. I know that this experience will make an everlasting impression on his life as well as the other youngsters. I will be in the audience in spirit as the ensemble play their first concert on Sunday evening. Looking forward to hearing more from them.Phillip Tabone

  • susan

    galluh..although im sure you meant to communuicate with someone,what on earth do your comments have to do with american airlines or layoffs? i think you blogged on the wrong site..

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