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February 15, 2012

FORT WORTH – The Transport Workers Union presented plans to American Airlines management today that provide a blueprint for voluntary early out/separation as a way to avoid draconian, involuntary layoffs, while saving money for the company. 

On February 1, 2012, AMR management announced that it planned to reduce the company’s workforce by 9,000 from TWU-represented work groups.

“We expect AMR management to give this proposal serious consideration,” said TWU President James C. Little.  “We are working tirelessly to make sure our members are treated fairly. That’s why we’ve come up with a plan that will save the company money, creates a successful business strategy, and provides real incentives and the dignity our members and their families deserve."

The TWU proposal tracks a similar plan adopted successfully implemented at United Airlines.   It includes a one-time incentive payment of $75,000 and a plan for health insurance coverage and other contractual benefits for all TWU-represented work groups.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants made a separate early out proposal today on behalf of flight attendants who work for AMR.

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