American Airlines Executive Says TWU Statements Are Misleading
TULSA, Oklahoma - American Airlines is urging the president of the Transport Workers Union to set the record straight.
Union members are currently voting on the last offer from American Airlines, which is currently in bankruptcy proceedings.
In a letter, the vice president of employee relations says statements by the TWU are painting an inaccurate picture about what will happen if union members do not accept American's offer.
Laura Einspanier explains that things like a 1.5 percent wage increase, early retirement incentives and a 401(k) match of up to 5.5 percent are only available under the company's offer.
"I just implore you to take the time to go through those facts because those are the only facts that really matter," AA Operations VP Jim Ream said.
Another VP says the last, best offer has several bonuses for employees that the restructuring plan in front of the bankruptcy court does not.
All of those incentives are taken off the table if union members vote against the offer.
"We've spent months working on this and I think we have come up with a plan that is the best possible outcome for the vast majority of the folks that are covered by these agreements," Ream said.
Tulsa's union did not try to sway its members to vote a certain way. However, American took issue with statements from four local union presidents in other states who are urging their members to vote "no."
The company says concerns that its last offer doesn't guarantee maintenance on the fleet will be done by the Tulsa base are unfounded because it has no such provisions in its current contracts.