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AMR, Unions Meet Behind Closed Doors

Next week, AMR will meet with it's creditors and begin negotiations

By Ray Villeda
|  Thursday, Feb 2, 2012  |  Updated 8:01 PM CDT
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The three unions representing American Airlines workers met with AMR's financial advisers to try to find a way to lessen the number of layoffs at the airline.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

The three unions representing American Airlines workers met with AMR's financial advisers to try to find a way to lessen the number of layoffs at the airline.

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Financial advisors for both AMR and the unions representing AMR employees met Thursday behind closed doors, just one day after the company said they would be terminating 13,000 employees.

Unions now have a better idea as to how the proposed cuts could affect them. They're also looking at ways to minimize the impact.

There about 4,300 flight attendants based out of Dallas. The union representing them, The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, is hoping to preserve as many of their jobs as possible.

One idea is an "Early Out" plan offering incentives for early retirement. Laura Glading, president of the APFA said the plan would keep the staff that's lower on the pay scale and less expensive in benefits.

"What they would have would be a new workforce that would be trained on all new equipment, be dual qualified, have less in healthcare expenses, probably less dependents, tremendous cost savings to company," Glading said.

The current average age of an AA flight attendant is 51 years old.

The TWU local 513 chapter representing fleet techs, mechanics and much of the ground workers is more concerned. Out of the 8,000 layoffs for that sector, about 1,000 could take place here in North Texas.

"We don't believe putting hard-working families on the street is gonna solve American's problem," said Darrin Pierce, president of TWU local 513.

Next week, AMR will meet with it's creditors and begin negotiations.

Unions believe in order to get a judge's seal of approval, AMR needs to show that it worked in good faith with the unions. That means coming up with a mutual agreement.

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