American Airlines

Local & Regional
12:45 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

American Airlines Unions Ratify Latest Contract Offer

American Airlines Tulsa Union Leaders

The votes are in, and American Airlines mechanics and warehouse workers have okayed a contract offer from the company. The same two groups were the only unions out of seven to turn down an earlier offer. Voting had been going on the past couple of weeks on this new offer, which union leaders describe as slightly better than the offer that was turned down by their members. If the agreement had been rejected, the matter would be in the hands of a bankruptcy judge. Under terms of this contract, there will still be more than a thousand jobs cut at the Tulsa maintenance base.

Local & Regional
12:00 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Mechanics Local Urges Passage of Latest American Airlines Contract Offer

Local 514 Union Leaders

American Airlines mechanics are again voting on a contract. This time local union leaders are urging a yes vote. The last, best offer from the company was voted down, but after weeks of continued negotiating…a revamped contract is being decided upon. Last time around, union leaders didn’t make a recommendation one way or the other. This time it’s different. Sam Cirri is the local union president. He says this latest offer is only slightly better than the one turned down, but this time a yes vote is being recommended.

Local & Regional
7:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

AA and Tulsa Union Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines Facility in Tulsa
KWGS News photo

DALLAS (AP) — A labor union says it has tentative contract agreements that would grant pay raises for mechanics and other ground workers at American Airlines.

The Transport Workers Union says a ratification vote will end in August before a federal bankruptcy court judge rules on whether American can impose its own terms for pay and benefits. The contract proposal calls for a 3% increase in pay. That is the same pay-hike offered to the pilot’s union.

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Local & Regional
10:08 am
Fri June 29, 2012

American Airlines Contract Negotiations Expected to Resume

American Airlines mechanics union officers

A federal judge again delays a decision on whether to void union contracts at American Airlines. Transport Workers Union organizer Rick Mullings says it’s to give more time for negotiations to see if an agreement can be reached. He says talks have been on hold while the company negotiated with the pilots.

The pilots’ union board has agreed to order a ratification vote on American’s latest offer, and the company will resume negotiations with mechanics and flight attendants next week.

Local & Regional
9:08 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Judge Delays Ruling on American Airlines Contracts

View of airport
Tulsa International Airport

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says a federal bankruptcy judge has delayed a ruling scheduled for Friday on whether it can break its contracts with unions and impose cost-cutting steps including layoffs.

The judge set a new deadline of June 29.

The delay gives the company and unions more time to negotiate voluntary cost-cutting agreements that the unions have so far resisted.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Local & Regional
12:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Pilots say No! Judge to Rule on American Contracts Today

Jet inside the new American Hangar at Tulsa International
KWGS News File photo

DALLAS (AP) — The pilots' union at American Airlines has rejected the company's latest contract offer. The move could clear the way for a judge to decide whether American can impose its own cost-cutting terms, including layoffs.

The union board voted 11-5 on Wednesday to reject the company's offer.

A federal bankruptcy judge is scheduled to rule tomorrow on whether American can break its current contracts with pilots and other union workers. The pilots' union wants a delay in that ruling.

American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November.

Local & Regional
11:16 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Why Mechanics Rejected AA’s Contract Offer, And What it Means for Tulsa

Beryl Ford Collection Tulsa City-County Library

(StateImpact Oklahoma) "Rejection came from two groups: store clerks and mechanics, the union’s largest group at the Tulsa maintenance base. The fate of 2,100 Tulsa-area workers is now in the hands of a bankruptcy court. So what motivated mechanics to reject the airline’s offer? Anger..." 

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Local & Regional
12:06 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

American Airlines union members to vote on 'last, best offer'

Tulsa American Airlines union leaders urge members to vote on a ‘last best contract’ offer, but refuse to take a stand and encourage a vote up or down. Transport Workers Union negotiator John Hewitt calls it a concessionary contract, which means pay cuts and benefit losses no matter which way the vote goes.

Hewitt says, on the positive side, a yes vote would save about 13-hundred jobs in Tulsa. A no vote would give the bankruptcy court authority to terminate the current contract and the company would then impose new terms. Voting starts tomorrow and continues through Monday.

Local & Regional
8:49 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

American Airlines’ Impact on Northeastern Oklahoma

Beryl Ford Collection Tulsa City-County Library

(StateImpact Oklahoma) "American Airlines in February detailed a bankruptcy-restructuring plan that eliminated 2,100 jobs from its Tulsa maintenance base. Workers are worried about their jobs, and business leaders are concerned layoffs could mean losing about 10 percent of the area’s aerospace workforce. And while the bulk of the base’s employees live in big-city Tulsa, the bankruptcy could have a much bigger impact on small towns, data show."  Read More

Local & Regional
12:11 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

US Airways makes deals with 3 AMR unions

The American Airlines entrance on North Mingo Road
KWGS News File Photo

US Airways Group Inc. says it has made deals with the three unions at American Airlines.

The contracts would cover American Airlines workers if there's a merger with US Airways. However, US Airways says no deal on a merger has been made.

American is reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Its executives have said they want to emerge from bankruptcy as a stand-alone airline.

US Airways says the deals are with the Transport Workers Union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and the Allied Pilots Association.