American Airlines notifies 11,000 workers, yet only 4,400 job cuts expected
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American Airlines to cut 4,400 jobs

American Airlines to cut 4,400 jobs

On 18th of September American Airlines informed that it had notified approximately 11,000 workers that they could lose their jobs as a part of the company’s bankruptcy reorganization. According to Bruce Hicks, spokesman for American Airlines, the company, however, expects job cuts to be closer to 4,400. In addition, flights were cut by one to two percent for the rest of the September and October.

Layoff warning by American Airlines

The layoff notice was sent to mechanics and ground workers whose positions will be affected as American Airlines goes through a bankruptcy restructuring. Even though the American Airlines’ layoff notice went out to 11,000 workers, the U.S carrier expects that fewer than 40 percent of those who received it, or 4,400, will actually lose their jobs in November and December this year. As it has been stated by the spokesman for American Airlines, federal law under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, required the carrier to notify anyone whose position could change, including those who could lose job in 60 days before major layoffs or plant closures. Bruce Hicks has highlighted that the company is required by law to inform anyone if they are “bumped” by a senior employee, whose job is eliminated.

Just in February American Airlines informed that it planned to reduce 14,000 positions, including 13,000 held by union workers. If Bruce Hicks, however, is right, the final cuts will be around third of that.

Jamie Horwitz, a spokesman for the Transport Workers Union, which represents workers that received WARN Act notices, noted: "The notices will look worse than the actual layoffs." He added that approximately 800 American Airlines’ workers had already agreed to leave the company voluntarily, this move will probably further reduce the number of expected cuts.

The American Airlines' layoff notice was sent to roughly 3,000 workers in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; around 3,000 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; 1,200 in Miami; about 1,000 in New York and Newark, N.J.; nearly 900 in Chicago, and smaller numbers in other U.S. cities.

Number of flights cut by American Airlines

American Airlines, whose parent company, AMR, declared a bankruptcy in November, has informed that it will reduce its flights scheduled for the rest of September and October by approximately one percent to two percent. However cuts in the number of American Airlines’ flights are said to be caused by an increase in pilots calling sick and maintenance reports filed by the cabin crew. Yet cuts in the number of flights are mainly caused by the fact that the company is still negotiating new contracts with pilots; and talks with US Airways on the possible merger continue.

American Airlines have been trying to cut annual labor costs by roughly $1.1 billion. To achieve this number the company negotiated new contracts with flight attendants and mechanics. However American Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association did not come to an agreement on common terms of the contract. Yet the union agreed to the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. However, the company and unsecured creditors are waiting for the contract with pilots to be signed down.

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