Flight attendants must apply by Thursday, and will receive $40,000 in cash. But they will give up all seniority, lose their company-subsidized health benefits, and can’t be rehired. More than 1400 flight attendants have signed up.
The cost cutting can begin now for American Airlines. A judge signed off today on deals with flight attendants, and the group representing maintenance workers, bag handlers and other work groups.
Flight attendants and mechanics at American Airlines want to resume contract talks as a deadline nears for a federal judge to rule on whether the airline can impose its own terms on workers.
Two major unions at American Airlines are asking the company to offer incentives for workers to retire early as a way to reduce planned layoffs.
Mechanics for American Airlines are a big step closer to a strike.