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Workers At Tulsa's American Airlines Wait For Word On New Contract

There are 110 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Aug 24, 2010, titled Workers At Tulsa's American Airlines Wait For Word On New Contract. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

TULSA, OKLAHOMA Could American Airline workers go on strike? That's what the workers at Tulsa's largest employer are wondering.

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BigMac

United States

#1 Aug 24, 2010
Tulsa reportedly 2 to 1 against, AFW over 80% against, Local 562 94% NO
Dillon

Stillwater, OK

#2 Aug 24, 2010
Lazy union workers don't realize how good they have it. Shut up and go to work, we all know you haven't worked in years.
JOE

Bartlett, IL

#3 Aug 24, 2010
bigmac who told you that, AAA?
Union worker

Dallas, TX

#4 Aug 24, 2010
You have no idea what you're talking about! If it were not for Unions you would be working for $2.00 an hour! I have worked for over 25 years for AA and worked my butt off for them and all the customers that fly on AA. You sure don't see the management taking 33% pay cuts, giving up vacation days and holidays or only getting paid 1/2 day when you are sick. I have over 1500 hours sick time and get docked 1/2 day when I need to stay home sick for myself or one of my kids!! VOTE NO!!
JOE

Bartlett, IL

#5 Aug 24, 2010
Wow, your union agreed to those concessions !
jt8mech

Claremore, OK

#6 Aug 24, 2010
to Dillon: ask your self the next time you fly on a major airline if a unskilled third world worker worked on the plane or a highly skilled union mechanic in the U.S.A did.
JOE

Bartlett, IL

#7 Aug 24, 2010
Then you knuckleheads voted it in!!
JOE

Bartlett, IL

#8 Aug 24, 2010
I work with so called union mechs .not to impressed.
Mick

Rowlett, TX

#9 Aug 24, 2010
Hey Dillon,
I've been a line mechanic for American for the last 22 years at DFW. I have lost $20,00 a year in pay and benefits since 2003. That's $140,000 so far. I spent over $10,000 for my training to get a government issued Airframe and Powerplant license 24 years ago that is required to have and perform my job. I have to sign for each step of my job tasks, which is reviewed by the FAA. My job is on the line with every turn of a wrench or stroke of my pen when signing the workcards. I work in the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter to make our aircraft the safest that they can possibly be. Failure to do this could result in the loss of human life and my going to prison for the rest of my life. So I take personal offense to you calling me a lazy union worker. Think about me the next time you fly. Better yet, go back to the melon fields and hoe some weeds.
jt8mech

Claremore, OK

#10 Aug 24, 2010
T.A. voted down 3371-yes 6074-no total votes 10251 as report on t.w.u. local 514 web site.
Mick

Rowlett, TX

#11 Aug 24, 2010
Hey Joe,
When the company approached the unions looking for concessions, they "promised" the unions that if they would give the concessions, that the company "in good faith" would give us a good contract when times were more upbeat. The company has made a turnaround, enough that for the last several years, the upper crust of AA management have received multi-million dolaar bonuses. The company says that they have to pay these individuals to keep them from going to another company. They are paying these people to continue losing money!!! The company doesn't know what "GOOD FAITH" means. And they can't keep a promise. Nuff said!
Grant

Broken Arrow, OK

#12 Aug 24, 2010
Hey Mick,

I find it interesting that training you received 24 yrs ago is still relevant today. That is one of the problems of unions, they make you stagnant. Unions also protect the lazy and unwilling to work.

Having the drive for continuous learning is the key to having a successful career. This is a very non-union mentality, but maybe that is the reason I am successful and you are not. Just a thought.
Fact

Haskell, OK

#14 Aug 24, 2010
Local news station now reporting the contract offer has been rejected!
Irrate Member

Dallas, TX

#15 Aug 24, 2010
What a waste of time. So now we go back to posturing for years. It took all of four months just to get this NO vote. Why in the world would a union agree to a tentative and then present it to it's members, all the while stamping a red "Vote No" on the cover of the proposed agreement? So now we bargain for a new tentative that in all likelyhood be about the same if not worse. Yeah, and go ahead and strike, see where that will get you. This union needs to open up their eyes wake up and smell the coffee!
Shop Steward

United States

#16 Aug 24, 2010
Reading some of the comments above is so irritating. Of course we are constantly in training and doing recurrent training regarding our job! That's like saying someone that graduated from OU 30 years ago with a degree, now 30 years later that degree has no value because that person's been working for 30 years in the field they got the degree in? Come on... think about what you're saying. Its a tough job, working on aircraft. We realize the importance of what we're doing. What we do has to be done right the first time. It's not like a car that you can pull over to the side of the road when engine trouble happens.. We work hard, have a lot of pride in what we do and we deserve to move forward not backwards when it comes to our wages.

Since: Aug 10

Tulsa, OK

#17 Aug 24, 2010
I'd say thats about 6,074 AMP crds and counting !
Hey Grant

United States

#18 Aug 24, 2010
Contrary to what you think, our training continues after employment as well. The A&P license only gets your foot in the door; well, that along with 5 years experience - military or otherwise. After you're hired is when the real education begins - and continues every day. Your attempt to demean aircraft mechanics shows your ignorance.
Road Rage

Tulsa, OK

#19 Aug 24, 2010
Dillon wrote:
Lazy union workers don't realize how good they have it. Shut up and go to work, we all know you haven't worked in years.
Thats what I was thinking. The nerve of these greedy people. Perhaps they should be laid off like 15-20%* of the US. Then let them try to find a decent paying job in their profession.

*15-20% is the actual percentage of unemployed Americans. Not the 9% the government chooses to count to make their numbers look better.
Road Rage

Tulsa, OK

#20 Aug 24, 2010
Fact wrote:
Local news station now reporting the contract offer has been rejected!
If they rejected the contract, fire/lay off them all and replace them with people who are willing to work!!
Anderson

Dallas, TX

#21 Aug 24, 2010
This was a concessionary agreement at best and in no way gets us anywhere near where we were 8 yrs ago. Yet our leaders have lavished themselves with millions in bonus money and stock options. GREAT JOB M&R FOR REJECTING THIS T/A

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