Number of American Airlines Mechanics to Be Laid Off in Tulsa Much Less Than Expected
The number of American Airlines workers that will lose their jobs at the Tulsa maintenance base is much lower than first predicted, union officials announced Friday afternoon.
Transport Workers Union Local 514 announced Friday that only 140 mechanics will be out of work.
When American Airlines filed for bankruptcy last year, it was estimated. that 2,700 people could lose their jobs at Tulsa.
Through negotiations for a new contract the number was reduced to 1,300.
Union officials said thanks to people who have left since January and those who opted for an early retirement package, the final number is only 443.
About 300 of those people will be able to move into other positions that could be lower paying. Union officials say at least they were able to keep the doors open.
"Even though we have some layoffs, we can rebuild and now we have that opportunity to rebuild. Even though we are losing 443 folks, we can work to get their jobs back one way or another," says TWU President, Sam Cirri.
Cirri is facing the layoff as well. He has put in for a transfer to Dallas. Relocating is part of the options for 140 of the fleet service workers. Cirri says even after going through four layoffs it's not easy to relocate.
"I have to look for a place. Put my house up for sale. Once I get down there, I have to change over my license, my plates, have to find a new doctor and there's a million one things to do and it's not easy sometimes," says Cirri.