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American Moves to Cut Union Workers

May 01, 2003|From Associated Press

Executives of cash-strapped American Airlines are moving quickly to slash their unionized workforce by an estimated 7,000 employees under new concessionary contracts the carrier demanded in an effort to remain solvent.

The company was scheduled to start sending out notices Wednesday to about 1,300 mechanics and related workers represented by the Transport Workers Union, to become effective May 16.

The Fort Worth-based carrier sent out notices to 5,000 junior flight attendants Tuesday, warning that they could be laid off as early as July 1.

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