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American Airlines To Unions: Make A Deal Or Else

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – American Airlines says it’s ready to play hardball with its three big unions.

Today the bankrupt airline told the unions and the judge in its bankruptcy case that unless it quickly reaches consensual agreements on a new contract with the unions, it will ask a judge next week to scrap the unions’ current contract and immediately restart negotiations.

In legal parlance, the move American is threatening is called a Section 1113 filing.

The unions involved are the Transportation Workers Union, which represents mechanics, baggage handlers, and similar employees; the Allied Pilots Association; and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

Earlier today American sent this letter to its employees explaining its intentions.

Shortly after the airline’s announcement, TWU president James C. Little released the following statement:

“We have always been prepared to fight for our members — either by reaching an agreement or going to court. We are prepared for either eventuality. While we would prefer a consensual deal with AMR, our lawyers also are preparing to defend our members and their families before the judge. “

American Airlines is based in Fort Worth.

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  • susan

    all i can say is “well duhhh..” did they really think they could onntinue to bargain and negotiate? that time has passed ..at least the twu was a bit more ready to accept a contract before the bankruptcy..the pilots and flight attendants were not, so now the judge will be deciding..that is the bankruptcy law..

  • Colby Labrador

    AMR is doing this to garner contracts BEFORE it is forced to open it’s financial books to the judge, which will then show the executive thievery and WASTE. AMR has never played it honestly. main reason for so much bad employee relations.

  • Defeated

    Do the unions not see how desperate this is getting? Are they asleep at the wheel? AA needs to get costs down ASAP otherwise a lot more people are going to lose their jobs. WAKE UP!!

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