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Officials respond to American Airlines recent furlough warning

American Airlines
Posted at 12:55 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 16:49:44-04

TULSA — The Transport Workers Union and Tulsa Regional Chamber responded to American Airlines recent announcement warning employees about possible layoffs and furloughs.

READ MORE: American Airlines warns 25,000 workers could be furloughed

American Airlines expressed their hope to lessen the number of furloughs by offering employees opportunities like extended leave and early retirement.

The TWU-IAM Association, a union American Airlines employees are a part of, said their leadership discussed and offered suggestions they felt would be more 'attractive' to their members. Most of those suggestions were not taken, the Association said.

We advise all of our membership to consider these offers carefully. Each person must weigh the costs and benefits that accepting any of the offers would have on their unique situation. The Company will communicate the offers and provide information relative to them.
The TWU-IAM Association official release

Union officials said if any employee has questions about the leaves and early-outs, they should speak with management. If they have questions about their contracts, they should speak with their union representatives.

Tulsa Regional Chamber's Senior Vice President of Economic Development Bill Murphy released the following statement:

The Tulsa Regional Chamber will continue to support American Airlines' Tulsa team and displaced workers in any way we can during these challenging circumstances. While this is an extremely difficult time for the company and the entire airline industry, we remain hopeful for a rebound in travel. American Airlines' commitment to Tulsa remains, and we're encouraged by the company's recent strategic actions, such as its partnership with JetBlue. The Chamber will continue to do our part to support the Tulsa region's continued economic recovery.

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