|This American Airlines passenger service agent was one of hundreds of workers protesting unfair cutbacks at a demonstration at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.|
At the Dallas-Fort Worth airport this week, hundreds of American Airlines and American Eagle workers protested the huge pay and benefit cuts that parent AMR Corporation is demanding from front-line employees in its bankruptcy reorganization.
Members of the Transport Workers Union of America and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, were joined by AFA-CWA Flight Attendants from American Eagle and passenger service agents at American Airlines who want CWA representation. The agents have formed the Association of Professional Service Agents and have filed for a union election.
AMR filed for bankruptcy protection with more than $4 billion in the bank.
AFA-CWA International President Veda Shook slammed AMR for using bankruptcy as an excuse to slash workers' pay, benefits, and retirement security. "Airline bankruptcies have become nothing less than a management tool to over-reach with impunity: job cuts, wage cuts, retirements slashed and outsourced maintenance. Executives, reaping the rewards of bonuses rubber-stamped by the bankruptcy court, expect workers to pay for their poor performance. We call it what it is, and we are protesting today to shed a light and demand justice."
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