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American To Seek Closure of Fort Worth Maintenance Base

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Tulsa's American Airlines maintenance base employs more than 65-hundred people. Tulsa's American Airlines maintenance base employs more than 65-hundred people.

AMR Corp, the parent company of American Airlines, has laid out its plan and it means 13-thousand fewer employees, including 46-hundred mechanics and related workers.

AMR CEO Tom Horton met with union leaders today to outline the company's business plan. Tulsa's Channel 8 received an e-mail in which Bruce Hicks, American Airlines spokesperson, gave an approximate breakdown of job reductions by work group. They include:

Fleet Service & Other TWU – Approximately 4,200
Flight Attendants – Approximately 2,300
Management/Support Staff – Approximately 1,400
Mechanics and Related – Approximately 4,600
Pilots – Approximately 400
Total – Approximately 13,000

Hicks also said cuts to agents, reps and planners were still to be determined.

According to a letter from American Airlines Senior Vice President of Human Resources Jeff Brundage, the plan calls for outsourcing a portion of the airline's maintenance work and seeking the closure of the Alliance maintenance base in Fort Worth, Texas.

It's unclear how many of the cuts would come at Tulsa's American Airlines maintenance base, which employs more than six thousand people. Earlier this week, the Transport Workers Union Local 514 announced a website, www.isupportamericanjobs.com, a place where people can pledge their support for Tulsa's jobs.

Among other changes, the company will also seek to outsource some airport fleet service clerk work, seek court approval to terminate defined benefit pension plans and replace it with a 401(k) plan with company match, discontinue company-subsidized retiree medical coverage for current employees, but offer access to plans if employees choose to pay for them, and implement common active medical plans contribution structures across all employee groups.

AMR filed for bankruptcy in late November and Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey resigned. He was replaced by Thomas Horton, who warned there would likely be jobs lost. AMR reports it lost 904-million dollars in December, more than was lost during the first three quarters of 2011 combined.

Since 2001, the company has lost 11-billion dollars.

We will have more information as details become available.

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