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American Airlines Issued Warn Letter to the TWU Intl.

September 17, 2012

*The numbers in this letter reflect the lay-off and the bumping that will follow.

September 13, 2012

Robert F. Gless
Deputy Director – ATD
AA System Coordinator
Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO 1791 Hurstview Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054

Dear Robert:

As you know, American Airlines has experienced many challenges over the past several years and we recently announced a restructuring plan which has been designed to position American Airlines for long-term success and operational efficiency.

We continually review every aspect of our business to ensure we remain competitive and are able to sustain our long-term business objectives. As part of our restructuring, each workgroup was obligated to reduce costs necessary for the successful reorganization of American Airlines. Regrettably, reducing our costs requires that we must make a number of tough decisions. Several of these very difficult decisions involved modifying work rules so as to allow American Airlines to outsource certain work across the American Airlines system, which will result in a reduction in force.

That is why we made a committed effort through Early Out incentive programs and negotiated solutions with the TWU to reduce the number of involuntary reductions. While we still anticipate a reduction in force, we expect the need to furlough significantly fewer TWU represented employees because of these efforts and progress on our restructuring plans.

In some cases, the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act ((WARN) and/or state law require a company to provide employees who may be affected by a location closure or involuntary reduction in force with advance notice that the reduction may result in an “employment loss” (as that term is defined by WARN).

To the extent that WARN laws apply, this letter serves as notice that TWU represented employees may be affected by a job reduction as outlined below.

  • Approximately 208 Title II on or around November 16, 2012
  • Approximately 1,414 Title II on or around December 16, 2012
  • Approximately 2,519 Title III on or around November 16, 2012
  • Approximately 958 Title III on or around December 16, 2012
  • Approximately 17 Title IV on or around November 16, 2012
  • Approximately 58 Title IV on or around December 16, 2012
  • Approximately 5,445 Title I on or around December 16, 2012
  • Approximately 540 Title V on or around December 16, 2012

 

Attached is the list of 11,159 TWU employees, broken out by classification and work location. To be clear, we are issuing WARN notices to the unions and employees who may be affected to comply with state and federal law. However, we expect the ultimate number of employees who will ultimately be impacted to be far less than the number of employees notified.

This number includes employees that may be affected by the initial reduction as well as those that may be impacted by the subsequent bump and roll. As you are well aware, under the AA/TWU agreement, employees impacted by a reduction in force have multiple displacement options which drive the higher number of individuals who may possibly be affected throughout the process. Therefore, the WARN notice numbers are highly inflated.

In an effort to minimize the number of involuntary reductions, we have offered voluntary separations, such as Early Out incentives and Stand in Stead. For some of the impacted groups these options are still open, thus another reason the WARN notice numbers are inflated.

Any job reductions that affect your membership will be governed by the applicable terms of the AA/TWU collective bargaining agreement including seniority lists and any terms regarding “displacement” rights. Required WARN notices to local and state government officials, the Commissioner of Labor and the Local Workforce Investment Board will be sent on September 17, 2012. WARN notices are being distributed by local station management to employees who may be affected, if required by state law, via hand delivery or mail with delivery confirmation.

Pursuant to New York State law, you are also hereby notified that, as a result of their employment loss, individuals represented by the TWU may be eligible to receive job retraining, re-employment services, or other assistance with obtaining new employment upon termination. These individuals may also be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits after their last day of employment. Whenever possible, the New York State Department of Labor will contact the employer to arrange to provide additional information regarding these benefits and services to these individuals through workshops, interviews, and other activities that will be scheduled prior to the time their employment ends. If their jobs have already ended, they can also access reemployment information and apply for unemployment insurance benefits on the Department’s website or they may use the contact information provided on the website or visit one of the Department’s local offices to obtain further information and assistance.

The TWU employees who may experience an employment loss on or around November 16, 2012 are at the following locations:

 Title II 

 Title III 

 Title IV 

Airport/Address

2

30

0

Bradley International Airport
Terminal Building Windsor Locks, CT 06096

11

39

10

Metropolitan Nashville Airport
One Terminal Drive Nashville, TN 37214

4

63

0

Denver International Airport
9116 Pena Blvd Concourse C, Denver CO 80249

2

46

0

Wayne County Airport Authority
L. C. Smith Terminal Detroit, MI 48242

8

62

0

Newark International Airport Terminal A Newark, NJ 07114

1

39

0

Ft. Lauderdale International Airport 1400 Lee Wagner Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315

80

0

0

American Airlines
4333 Amon Carter Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76155

2

39

0

Washington Dulles International Airport Main Terminal Chantilly, VA 22021

2

41

0

George Bush International Airport
2800 N. Terminal Road Houston, TX 77032

2

37

0

Kansas City International Airport
601 Brasilia Avenue Kansas City, MO 64153

1

47

0

Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport
6040 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55450

5

64

0

Philadelphia International Airport Terminal A Philadelphia, PA 19153

3

50

1

Sky Harbor Municipal Airport
3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85034

9

56

0

Raleigh Durham Airport
1051 Cargo Drive Raleigh, NC 27623

4

52

4

San Diego International Airport
2340 Stillwater Road San Diego, CA 92112

3

55

0

Sea-Tac International Airport
17801 Pacific Hwy. Seattle, WA 98158

3

34

0

San Jose International Airport
2077 Airport Blvd., San Jose, CA 95112

11

133

0

San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Calle Lindbergh #64
Antigua Base Naval Miramar
San Juan, PR 00907

3

40

0

John Wayne Airport
3160 Airway Avenue Costa Mesa, CA 92626

2

31

0

Tulsa International Airport
7777 E. Apache Tulsa, OK 74115

50

0

0

Tulsa Maintenance and Engineering Base 3800 N. Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74151

 

TWU represented employees who may experience an employment loss on or around December 16, 2012 are at the following locations:

Title I

Title II

Title III

Title IV

Title V

Airport/ Addresses

1119

112

0

0

171

Alliance Maintenance Base 2000 Eagle Parkway, MD 8200, Fort Worth TX 76177

24

4

18

0

0

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 3600 Presidential Blvd., Austin TX 78719

6

0

0

0

1

Denver International Airport 9116 Pena Blvd., Concourse C Denver, CO 80249

460

346

434

0

43

DFW International Airport
3200 E. Airfield, DFW Airport, TX 75261

111

23

0

0

14

DFW Maintenance Hangars
1600 West 20th Street, DFW Airport, TX 75261

3

0

0

0

1

Newark International Airport Terminal A, Newark, NJ 07114

273

159

294

0

24

JFK International Airport
Building 57 – Terminal 8, Jamaica, NY 11430

250

84

261

12

17

Los Angeles International Airport
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90009

143

32

119

0

17

LaGuardia International Airport LaGuardia Hangers, Flushing, NY 11371

323

174

668

0

36

Miami International Airport Concourse E, Miami, FL 33159-6121

231

141

459

42

14

Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 3, Chicago, IL 60666

1

0

0

0

1

Philadelphia International Airport Terminal A, Philadelphia, PA 19153

2

0

0

0

0

Sky Harbor Municipal Airport
3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85034

1

0

0

0

0

Raleigh Durham Airport
1051 Cargo Drive, Raleigh, NC 27623

16

0

0

0

0

San Diego International Airport
2340 Stillwater Road, San Diego, CA 92112

5

0

0

0

0

Sea-Tac International Airport
17801 Pacific Hwy. South, Seattle, WA 98158

47

21

132

2

7

San Francisco International Airport
North Terminal, San Francisco, CA 94128

18

0

0

0

1

Luis Munoz Marin International Airport Calle Lindbergh #64
Antigua Base Naval Miramar
San Juan, PR 00907

82

11

36

0

19

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
10701 Lambert Int’L Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63145

2330

307

98

2

174

Tulsa Maintenance and Engineering Base 3800 N. Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74151

At this time, these job reductions are expected to be permanent. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Jim Weel at 817-967-1447.

Sincerely,

Laura A. Einspanier
Vice President – Employee Relations

Attachment cc: J. Weel

 

AA WARN Ltr to TWU – 9-13-2012 In PDF

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