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March 15, 2012

Dear Mr. Gless:

I am pleased to write this letter in support of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America as you initiate the process for changes to your collective bargaining agreements with American Airlines, pursuant to Section 113 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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March 14, 2012

Today, American Eagle confirmed with TWU leaders that they will begin their Section 1113 process next Wednesday, March 21 at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center at 9:00am cdt. The meeting is for all represented work groups and negotiating committees.

American Eagle CEO Dan Garton will provide an overview of the company’s business plan and the cost savings target that they expect from their labor groups. Following Garton’s presentation the company has scheduled meetings for the remainder of the day to present the detailed 1113 term sheets to all parties.

March 13, 2012

The TWU Negotiators met today at Flagship University amid a flurry of media rumors reporting a possible merger with U.S. Airways and American Airlines. There are no facts to substantiate these rumors.

Last week AMR filed for a six month extension for its exclusive reorganization time limit which expires March 28. If the court agrees to the extension it would give them until September 28, 2012 to fulfill their business plan. Requests for extension of the exclusivity period are fairly common and were expected.

March 09, 2012

This week’s negotiations have shown some progress. On Wednesday AMR announced they would accept the TWU Negotiating Teams proposal to “freeze” existing defined benefit pension plans. This is a major move forward in these difficult negotiations, but remains subject to reaching consensual agreements with all TWU represented work groups. The TWU website has posted an explanation of advantages to a pension freeze, rather than termination.

March 08, 2012

Re: American Airlines and Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO Seven Contract Groups

Dear Chairman Puchala and Members Dougherty and Hoglander:

I write on behalf of the Transport Workers Union of America (“TWU”), the certified representative for more than 24,000 bargaining unit employees employed at American Airlines. The TWU appreciates the active participation by the National Mediation Board (“NMB”) in the ongoing seven negotiations between TWU and American pursuant to Section 6, of the Railway Labor Act (“RLA”), 45 U.S.C. § 156. 

March 08, 2012

AMR has agreed to “freeze” the Retirement Benefit Plan of American Airlines, Inc. for Employees Represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America, AFL-CIO (“the Plan”). This is the alternative to terminating the Plan and turning it over to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”). Keeping the Plan up and running is advantageous to TWU members in several ways.

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March 07, 2012

This morning AMR announced it would accept TWU’s proposal to “freeze” the defined benefit pension plans for all seven TWU represented work groups. AMR had originally proposed to terminate the plans altogether, dumping them on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. TWU vigorously opposed the termination of the plan.

March 07, 2012

Statement from PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum on AMR Corp.'s Letter on Plan Freezes Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Director Josh Gotbaum released the following statement today on AMR's employee letter on pension plans: "It is great progress and good news that American recognizes it can reorganize successfully and preserve its employees' pension plans. We're also glad the company is willing to work with us to preserve their pilot plan too. "Bankruptcy forces tough choices, but that doesn't mean pensions must be sacrificed for companies to succeed. We will continue to work with American and the other participants in the bankruptcy to ensure that success."

March 06, 2012

American Airlines workers in Miami, FL speak out about the job cuts and losses they face in the wake of the American Airlines bankruptcy.

Town Hall Q&A
March 02, 2012

 Town Hall Q&A Available Now

Last month’s telephone town hall generated an overwhelming number of questions about AMRs bankruptcy.  The limited timeframe for the call that evening made it impossible to answer everyone’s questions. In closing, International President James C. Little assured listeners that all questions would be answered as soon as humanly possible.

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