Earlier this year, American Airlines announced it would cut 13,000 jobs. Now the carrier – in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings – has boosted that goal by adding another 1,200 non-union positions.
Reservation Center, Lounges to Close
According to news reports, this latest round of cuts will involve closing a reservation call center in Tucson, Arizona, plus shutting down American airport lounges at Washington Dulles and Kansas City International. Finally, the troubled carrier will outsource all skycap and cargo agent jobs.
Job Losses and Benefit Cuts
Besides cutting jobs, American is also cutting various non-union employee benefits such as vacation, holidays, medical coverage as well as a planned 2013 lump-sum payment for these workers. The airline will also “freeze non-union pension plans.”
In February, American announced the first round of cuts which included 400 pilots, 2,300 flight attendants and several thousand maintenance and ground crew workers.
In the meantime, there have been scattered demonstrations against the airline and plenty of merger rumors, especially regarding potential partner US Airways.