Air- Airline Union To Hold Press Conference On Planned AA Job Outsourcing- CBS Miami

Posted: October 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

October 18, 2012

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Last month, American Airlines angered airline union leaders when it announced more than 1,500 employees would be laid off by the end of the year.

These leaders, from the Communications Workers of America and the Transport Workers Union, will join AA employees and area voters at the airport to discuss the outsourcing of security-conscious jobs.

The press conference will be held at 2 p.m. inside Miami International Airport, Terminal D, near Au Bon Pain.

Union leaders said their top concern is that vital duties such as maintenance, international security and baggage handling will be outsourced to minimum-wage contractors that have no vested interest in American Airlines.

They said workers at these poverty-wage jobs will be unable to keep up with mortgage payments or spend money in the community.

Following the mid-September layoffs notice, passengers were quick to express their unhappiness to CBS4.

“They started going up on ticket prices, bags and what have you so they should be able to find the money to keep people employed,” passenger Felix Murray told CBS4.

Passenger Scarlet Gonzalez said she was worried the cuts could mean even longer lines at the airport.

“It’s gonna take you twice as long to get to where you need to be,” Gonzalez told CBS4.

The possible “furloughs” are slated to begin by the middle of November and end in mid-December.

American Airlines defended the layoff decision.

“Through restructuring, American Airlines has worked to lower our costs through sustainable, structural changes. Unfortunately, it was clear from the beginning that this would involve job loss. While any job loss is difficult, we now expect the need to furlough only about one-third of our original estimate as a result of these efforts and other progress on our restructuring plans,” American Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks told CBS4 in a statement on Sep. 19.

American employs about 9,000 workers in South Florida and the hub at Miami International Airport is believed to be the second largest for the company nationwide.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/10/18/airline-union-to-hold-press-conference-on-planned-aa-job-outsourcing/

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