American Airlines workers protest at Tulsa International Airport

TULSA - Hundreds of American Airlines workers protested layoffs at airports across the country today, including here in Tulsa.

About 2,100 jobs are on the line.

The Transport Workers Union is stepping up its efforts to keep jobs in the city. About 75 workers took their fight to the frontline -- the airport -- on Wednesday.  

Greeting airline passengers with their signs and flags, American Airlines workers continue to fight for their jobs.

Outside of the airport, dozens of workers protested layoffs and pension cuts from American Airlines. The clock is ticking, as the airline works to come to an agreement with the unions.

Cisco Rodrigues has been a mechanic at the Tulsa Maintenance Base for 15 years.

"I love my job. I absolutely love it," he said.

Rodrigues says right now, his glass is half full. But he can't help worrying.

"There's no other retirement for me than here. If this goes away, I'll have to work 'till the end. And oh, I could do it, but it'd be tough," he said.

Jessie Moore is a fleet service clerk. Her husband also works for American Airlines.

"We try not to talk about it at home," she said. "And we try to make Plan B for just in case, the just in case. We have to have a plan."

Right now, she says her future is in limbo.

"The waiting I think is the hardest part. Because you don't know what to do," she said.

But Moore says she is not giving up, for her family and her hometown.  

"We love Tulsa. We want to stay here, yes," Moore said.

There is still no timeline for the layoffs from American Airlines. So far, more than 16,000 people have signed up to support workers at http://www.isupportamericanjobs.com .

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