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American Airlines provides options tied to possible layoffs

Posted at 10:40 PM, Jul 29, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — 2 Works for You is hearing more about possible layoffs or early retirement options at American Airlines’ Tulsa Maintenance Base.

The air carrier posted a $2.1 billion loss last quarter because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company sent out a notice two weeks ago to unions and employees about job impacts to 25,000 workers.

The airline said they're required by law to let employees know ahead of time in "advance of potential layoffs or furloughs."

American Airlines employs more than 5,000 technicians at its Tulsa maintenance base. American Airlines said it wants to offer "extended leave" or "early out" plans for its affected workers.

The local Transport Workers Union that represents a bulk of the workers at the base believe 938 of these ‘warn’ notices will make it to its members.

Dale Danker, president of Transport Workers Union 514, said these numbers are not layoff numbers and just notices to the employees.

The airline said in a company wide letter these warn notices are "tied to the overages we may see starting on Oct. 1 when our payroll support program funding expires."

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