American Airlines Planning Layoffs, New Details Released By Union

Wednesday, July 29th 2020, 4:14 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

News On 6 is learning new details about planned layoffs at American Airlines.

The union that represents maintenance workers says they're getting a better idea of who could be affected.

The union's president posted a video on Youtube Tuesday night explaining how this could impact employees here.

Dale Danker, the president of The Transport Workers Union Local 514, says the company is sending 3200 WARN notices to maintenance workers company wide, which is 22 percent of them.

WARN notices are the advanced notice companies are legally required to provide when planning mass layoffs or furloughs.

American says the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly cut down on air travel, and their revenue is down 80 percent from the same time last year.

Right now, American is offering early retirements and early outs and, so far, Danker says some employees have already taken those but they don't know an exact number yet.

That could cut down on the number of layoffs or furloughs required.

"There's a lot of new guys here and they're nervous, rightfully so,” said Danker in the video. “I want people to be able to prepare. Even if you have to prepare for something that's terrible, the more time you have to prepare, the better you can prepare. So I'm sharing the numbers."

Previously, American said they plan to layoff about 114 employees here in Tulsa and furlough about 1000 others.