Hundreds of American Airlines Workers Protest Bankruptcy Plans.

There are 6 comments on the May 11, 2012, KPRC-AM Houston story titled Hundreds of American Airlines Workers Protest Bankruptcy Plans.. In it, KPRC-AM Houston reports that:

Hundreds of uniformed American Airlines workers have marched to company headquarters to protest bankruptcy plans that could void their contracts.

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RWG

Dillsboro, IN

#1 May 11, 2012
Do these people not understand that the company managers could care less if they protest or not?
It means nothing to them.
Jen Smith

Euless, TX

#2 May 11, 2012
RWG wrote:
Do these people not understand that the company managers could care less if they protest or not?
It means nothing to them.
Have you not belonged ever to a union? It's a matter of pride and standing up to injustice! From what I've read this management team has just continued to take advantage of its work force for years!!!!! What makes it right that labor should have to pay for mismanagement? What makes it right that these same managers took bonuses several years even though the company continued to lose money? It matters that these union members stood together and acknowledge to their bosses and the public that what has been going on at American is NOT right!!! I commend them for their actions-the middle class STILL matters in moments like this!!!!!!
John

Mahwah, NJ

#3 May 11, 2012
And get this message out in the media; FUEL is AA's NUMBER ONE COST, NOT labor! Add the 2003 concessions and we are NOT the highest paid in the airlines. We haven't had a raise since 2003 and are no where near making money to keep up with cost of living!
Jen Smith

Euless, TX

#4 May 13, 2012
John wrote:
And get this message out in the media; FUEL is AA's NUMBER ONE COST, NOT labor! Add the 2003 concessions and we are NOT the highest paid in the airlines. We haven't had a raise since 2003 and are no where near making money to keep up with cost of living!
How right u are John!!!! That is a great point!!! U don't see supermarket clerks taking pay cuts because the price of fuel has gone up! That cost gets passed onto the consumer in higher grocery costs!!!!

Since: Apr 08

Tulsa, OK

#5 May 13, 2012
Jen Smith wrote:
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How right u are John!!!! That is a great point!!! U don't see supermarket clerks taking pay cuts because the price of fuel has gone up! That cost gets passed onto the consumer in higher grocery costs!!!!
Apparently you never worked in retail. When operating costs go up the retailer MAY NOT reduce salaries but other cutbacks go into effect:

1. Less hours per worker.
2. Reduce benefits or increase the cost for same, and in some cases, both.
3. Reduce manpower and subsequently service.
4. And, oh yes, the consumer prices rise as well.

Sound familar?

No employer or employee is immune from salary or benefit adjustments when the ability to earn a resonable profit impacts any business owner or corporation.
Jen Smith

Euless, TX

#6 May 13, 2012
Apparently you never worked in retail. When operating costs go up the retailer MAY NOT reduce salaries but other cutbacks go into effect:
1. Less hours per worker.
2. Reduce benefits or increase the cost for same, and in some cases, both.
3. Reduce manpower and subsequently service.
4. And, oh yes, the consumer prices rise as well.
Sound familar?
My point is actually really that it's NOT ok to pocket money for a select few when a company is not turning an operating profit. That is what happened at American Airlines AFTER their employees took job and pay cuts to turn the airline around. I have been in management positions before and can tell u it's not good business practice and it's just not ethical. A manager will never gain the respect of his employees by doing such actions

No employer or employee is immune from salary or benefit adjustments when the ability to earn a resonable profit impacts any business owner or corporation.

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