American Airlines Inc. has informed its flight attendants’ union that it may furlough 900 flight attendants as of Aug. 31.In a hotline message to members, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said the airline delivered a WARN letter, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, informing them of the looming layoffs.American chairman and chief executive Gerard Arpey had confirmed in May that the airline would eliminate thousands of jobs as it reduces its capacity 11 to 12 percent by the fourth quarter compared to the same period of 2007.
Ouch, that’ll definitely not be good for morale, but is probably necessary.
The “bridge to retirement” is being offered to flight attendants not currently on furlough, at least 50 years old and with at least 15 years’ seniority as of August 31, the union said.
Among other items, the attendants taking advantage of the retirement offer will get a $15,000 severance payment and some medical and travel pass benefits, the union said.
Looks like a similar offer to what UA has, give or take. While the details aren’t fully disclosed here, UA seems to offer full travel benefits but I didn’t see anything about medical benefits.
Let’s hope that most of the FA’s leaving are voluntarily doing so….