DALLAS (AP) — The parent of American Airlines wants to eliminate about 13,000 jobs — 15 percent of its workforce — as the nation's third-biggest airline remakes itself under bankruptcy protection.
The company aims to cut labor costs by 20 percent under bankruptcy protection, and will soon begin negotiations with its three major unions. Some management jobs would also be cut.
The biggest cuts would come from the ranks of maintenance workers, about 4,600, and baggage handlers, about 4,200, according to company spokesman Bruce Hicks. About 2,300 flight attendants, 1,400 management employees and 400 pilots would lose their jobs under the plan, he said.
If American and its three unions can't agree on labor cuts, the company could ask a bankruptcy judge in New York to impose changes on workers. But federal law requires the company to make a good-faith effort to first negotiate agreements with its workers.
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