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February 14, 2012

The union representing seven categories of ground workers at bankrupt American Airlines will offer alternatives to some of the job cuts and concessions the company says it needs to survive, the head of the Transport Workers Union said on Tuesday.

TWU has asked American's parent company AMR Corp for details on how it arrived at the cost-savings targets it unveiled this month when it said it planned to eliminate 13,000 jobs and terminate pensions.

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February 13, 2012

 Telephone Town Hall on AMR Bankruptcy tonight at 7:30 pm EST, with TWU International Pres. James C. Little

Brothers and Sisters:

Please join me this evening for a Telephone Town Hall regarding the AMR bankruptcy and its impact on TWU members and families at American Airlines and American Eagle.

I will provide a briefing on activities and the response to this crisis, as well as, answer questions submitted to me by the membership.

You can join the call and hear my responses first hand this evening, February 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. E.S.T.  by dialing, toll free:1-877-229-8493.   Then enter the passcode:  14154.

TWU members are standing together to fight for what's right at American and American Eagle Airlines, and I hope you will be able to participate in this evening's call, at 7:30 pm Eastern.

Dial in toll-free: 1-877-229-8493.  Passcode:  14154

James C. Little

February 12, 2012

American Airlines workers and those in the community of Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX speak out about the job cuts and losses they face in the wake of the American Airlines bankruptcy. Pledge your support today at  

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February 10, 2012

This week the TWU Negotiating Team methodically scrutinized the company’s reorganization plan and spent much of each day analyzing company financial data and spread sheet comparisons. Individual work groups began drafting their questions for the company and presented some to them on Thursday afternoon. Others will follow into next week.

The questions passed to AMR will initialize them to begin answering, in detail, thus providing TWU negotiators an opportunity to look deeper into their financial methodologies and how AMR arrived at their numbers. This will help direct the unions drafting of counter proposals.

February 07, 2012

Members launch web site raising public awareness of AMRs devastating bankruptcy.

Watch the video - members, businessmen and elected leaders speak out and ask for your help in saving good paying American jobs

February 06, 2012

The TWU Negotiating Committee met today to continue the arduous task of reviewing the company’s business plan proposals. This is the next step in the 1113 process.

After a short presentation by AMR, regarding Active/Retiree medical benefits, the Negotiating Committee began drafting specific questions for the company, based on their projected cost savings per the 1113 term sheets received last Wednesday.

A fully fledged costing out of AMRs business plan outlined in the term sheets is under way. The committee is leaving nothing to chance and will ensure that everything “asked” for by the company is evaluated to its fullest, and reviewed by our legal and financial advisors before considering our counter proposals.

This week’s schedule is very busy; we will keep you posted as we progress through this phase of the 1113 process. An informational “town hall” call-in is the works, details to follow.

February 06, 2012

News takes on deeper meaning when you put a human face on the statistics. Here's Ben Stein: A few days ago when I opened the newspaper the news was so strange that it made my head spin. There was so much spectacular randomly-acquired wealth and so much misery right next to each other that I couldn't fit it all into my brain.

First there are the stories of how much money will be made by people with even the slightest connection with Facebook when it goes public soon. A man who painted murals on the walls of its headquarters will make hundreds of millions. Clerks and programmers will make tens of millions. Early and small investors will make millions and millions - wealth beyond imagining.

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February 06, 2012

For years, American Airlines bucked the industry trend of sending maintenance work overseas.

But that may soon end with the announcement last week that American plans to close its Alliance Fort Worth maintenance base and outsource the work performed on wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 767 and 777.

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February 05, 2012

Read Mr. Roth's Full Bio Here

Thomas R. Roth is a labor relations consultant, financial and economic advisor, and President of The Labor Bureau, Inc. The Labor Bureau is a private consulting firm founded in 1923 and has provided professional services in labor relations matters to labor organizations throughout the United States continuously for over 88 years. Mr. Roth has served Labor Bureau clients from 1974 to present and has directed the firm’s activities since 1978.

The Labor Bureau, Inc., assists with any matter requiring labor relations expertise or technical knowledge in matters that are subject to collective bargaining: research and preparation for negotiation, arbitration, and fact-finding proceedings; contract analysis and comparative compensation surveys; hands-on advocacy in contract negotiations; serving as partisan arbitrator on tripartite panels; corporate financial and economic performance analysis; expert testimony in legal and quasi-legal proceedings; negotiation and design of profit sharing and employee stock ownership plans; design of health and welfare plans, pension plans, flexible benefit plans and other employee benefit programs; preparation and presentation of grievance arbitration cases.

AE Bankruptcy Update - 02-03-2012
February 03, 2012


Brothers and Sisters,

On Wednesday Feb. 1, AMR announced their restructuring plan, a plan that deals a heavy blow to nearly 9,000 TWU members working at American Airlines.

As for American Eagle’s restructuring, the company was short on specifics saying, “due to fleet uncertainty we have not finalized our plan as of now.” The fleet uncertainty is attributed to contractual articles being addressed in AAs bankruptcy. They are:

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