Layoffs begin Wednesday at American Airlines' maintenance facility in Tulsa

Wednesday, April 30th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

After weeks of worry, the day they were worried "about" is here. Hundreds of layoff notices went out Wednesday to American Airlines workers in Tulsa.

News on 6 business reporter Steve Berg says those at the Transport Workers Union hall knew this day was coming, but that really doesn't make it easier. We talked with one worker who said you still get that sinking feeling in your stomach when you get called into the supervisor's office. This is what they got. A "Reduction in Force" notice or "RIF".

The layoff process here is different from most. They call it a bumping process. Basically, if you have more seniority, you can bump someone else out of their job.

Or you could bump somebody from a job in another city, like Fort Worth. But for many that would be a very difficult decision to pack up the family and leave Tulsa.

Joe Levario, American Airlines worker, "If I get to stay within the company fine, I've got other plans, y'know, so." Berg: "But you don't want to pack up and move." Joe Levario: "No I don't." Berg: "You like Tulsa."
Joe Levario: "I like Tulsa."

This bumping process is obviously very complicated. It will take a few weeks at least to iron out as they figure out who's willing to move where.

But the bottom line is there will be 700 fewer jobs at American Airlines In Tulsa.