American Airlines not laying off 400 in Tulsa this year but asking for retirements, changed shifts

BY KYLE ARNOLD, Tulsa World Published: February 19, 2014

American Airlines has taken its projected 400 layoffs at the Tulsa maintenance base off the table for this year, but will ask for voluntary retirements and shift work to weekends, the company reported Wednesday.

American Airlines announced that it will bring in MD-80s for rib checks and take brand new Boeing 737 aircraft for acceptance work to help avoid involuntary layoffs at the plant this year.

“As we’re revitalizing our fleet and completing several aircraft modification incentives in anticipation of American’s changing operational needs, we continue to collaborate with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to find ways to mitigate any potential labor surplus in Tulsa and at the Alliance Airport maintenance base (Dallas),” said a statement from American Airlines. “These efforts to rebalance operations through work schedules and workload will ensure that the impact to our Tulsa and TAESL operations remains minimal.”

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