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Four hundred new jobs coming to Tulsa

Posted at 6:39 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 19:46:17-04

TULSA — American Airlines plans to hire new employees due to the increasing amount of work needed at the worlds largest commercial aviation maintenance base.

This is the first time in years American Airlines hired this many team members.

Chamber Senior Vice President Brien Thorstenberg tells me this could create big change for Tulsa.

“It’s a sign that the economy in the Tulsa region is very healthy and there are a lot of opportunities for citizens in the Tulsa region,” Thorstenberg said.

Today American Airlines announced these positions will be for licensed aircraft mechanics.

"They are increasing their investment in people and also in resources. It’s very significant in terms of thinking very long term for the Tulsa region”.

Transport workers union president Dale Danker says these jobs are to help the aircraft schedule coming into Tulsa, as old fleets retire, the new ones will replace them.

“It’s good for the people who work here because the shift will change and they can get some better quality life. It’s good for the Tulsa economy because of the influx of tax revenue,” Thorstenberg said.

He says with the new team members coming in; current employees can now take time to adjust shifts and spend time with family.

He believes since 9/11 some things still need some improvement.

“We haven’t had a new contract; we haven’t had raises, things we gave up after September 11th has not been restored. So the influx of new people is good, but we would like to see a new contract. And then once again, you may see someone say they are proud to work at American Airlines”.

For more information on where to find the job opportunities click here.

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