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American Airlines Will Lay Off 370 Workers at Tulsa Maintenance Base

American Airlines Ongoing Labor Dispute Causes Delays And Cancellations For The Carrier

Three hundred mechanics and about 70 fleet service workers at the bankrupt airline’s Tulsa maintenance base will be laid off by February. The carrier and the Transport Workers Union announced the numbers on Friday. Layoff notices to fleet service workers are being mailed this week and to mechanics in November, the Tulsa World‘s D.R. Stewart [...]

American Airlines Workers in Tulsa Receiving Layoff Notices

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Only a fraction of the 2,911 Transport Workers Union members in Tulsa are expected to lose their jobs, but the bankrupt airline is legally required to give employees 60 days advance notice. The Tulsa World‘s D.R. Stewart reports on the impact there: … layoffs are expected of an estimated 770 of 5,000 mechanics and related [...]

Oklahoma Gas Can Maker Making a Comeback

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Blitz USA was the largest manufacturer of portable gas cans in the country. But after multiple product liability lawsuits, the Miami, Okla.-based company closed its doors on July 31 and laid off more than 100 workers. Company officials said they could no longer afford product liability insurance. But the manufacturing plant will reopen, and 80 [...]

American Airlines Contract Approval Saves Jobs, Starts Clock on Tulsa Layoffs

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The vote by American Airlines’ mechanics and stores clerks to approve a new labor contract is expected to save about 1,400 jobs at the maintenance base in Tulsa. “… but it will start the clock on layoffs of 770 local mechanics,” officials tell the Tulsa World. Layoffs could start in six to nine months. While [...]

Results of AA Contract Vote Expected Today, Layoffs in Tulsa Either Way

American Airlines mechanics and stores clerks have been deciding on a new labor contract. Voting ended at midnight, and results are expected midday today. But layoffs could start in several months, whether or not the contract is adopted, the Tulsa World‘s John Stancavage reports. In Tulsa, American employs about 5,000 mechanics and related positions and [...]

Why the Largest Maker of Portable Gas Cans is Going Out of Business

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Blitz USA is based in Miami, Okla., and is the largest manufacturer of portable gas cans in the country. The company, founded as U.S. Metal Container, started by selling olive-drab “jerry cans” to the U.S. military. The green cans were later painted red and shipped to non-military retailers, and in 1992 the company changed its [...]

Ruling on American Airlines’ Union Contracts Expected Tomorrow

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The pilots’ union on Wednesday rejected American Airlines’ latest contract offer, and a bankruptcy judge is expected to decide Friday whether the airline can void its labor contracts and impose its own terms. AMR Corp., the airline’s parent company, filed for bankruptcy in November, and wants to save $1.25 billion in labor cost-cutting — which [...]

Why Mechanics Rejected AA’s Contract Offer, And What it Means for Tulsa

American Airlines and American Eagle employees rally in front of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Five of seven bargaining units within the Transport Workers Union voted to accept American Airlines’ final labor contract. Rejection came from two groups: store clerks and mechanics, the union’s largest group at the Tulsa maintenance base. The fate of 2,100 Tulsa-area workers is now in the hands of a bankruptcy court. So what motivated mechanics [...]

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