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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 [...]

American Airlines is Laying Off 839 Workers at Tulsa Base

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Layoffs at American Airlines’ Tulsa maintenance base will begin in December, company officials said Monday. By February 2013, 839 mechanics and maintenance workers in Tulsa will lose their jobs, the Tulsa World‘s D.R. Stewart reports: Additional reductions of mechanics & related positions at the Tulsa maintenance base could occur as a result of the closing [...]

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 [...]

The ‘Ghost’ Ad That Made American Airlines’ Tulsa Union Mad

Click here to see a larger version of the unsigned half-page ad that ran in the July 27 Tulsa World.

A half-page advertisement published in Friday’s Tulsa World has angered American Airlines’ union members in Tulsa. Bold print on the unsigned ad reads, “Vote No Save Our Profession,” and is addressed to maintenance technicians with the Transport Workers Union, which represents more than 5,000 workers at the bankrupt airline’s Tulsa maintenance base. It’s not clear [...]

‘Double Trouble’ for Tulsa’s TWU: Contract Ratification, Rival Unions

These are trying times for Transport Workers Union Local 514. The union, which represents about 5,600 workers at American Airlines’ Tulsa maintenance base, is encouraging members to ratify the bankrupt airline’s latest contract offer. It’s also trying to ward off membership drives from two rival unions — the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Aircraft [...]

Mechanics Have a ‘Concessionary,’ Tentative Contract With American Airlines

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Mechanics and stock clerks and American Airlines tentatively agreed to a six-year contract Tuesday that affords 15 percent wage increases and improved health insurance and other benefits. The agreement with the bankrupt airline must be ratified by 11,000 mechanics and stock clerks in the next month, and includes a 3 percent signing bonus for mechanics, [...]

OK Labor Unions: Politically Active, Politically Challenged

Oklahoma labor unions are smaller but have remained active in the 12 years since voters signed off on right to work legislation, reports The Journal Record‘s M. Scott Carter. But state and national political trends could foretell trouble. “The problem is the tea party and the extremists. They are trying to pick us off one [...]

A Decade After Right-to-Work, Bitterness Remains in Oklahoma

Teamsters Local 523 President Gary Ketchum says 'right-to-work' is simply an attempt at union busting.

Last month, Indiana enacted a law giving workers the choice to opt out of paying union dues. It’s the first successful right-to-work proposal since Oklahoma’s in 2001. Now several other states are considering it. Indiana looked to Oklahoma for input on the law’s effects. But the Hoosiers found mixed signals from the Sooner state showing [...]

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