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Okla. Officials React to AA Job Cuts in Tulsa (Feb 01, 2012)

TULSA, Okla. - American Airlines’ announcement today that it wants to cut labor costs by 20 percent will likely mean the loss of more than 2,000 jobs at the airline’s maintenance facility in Tulsa.

Several members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation released a joint statement today reacting to the decision.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) says he plans to work with the City of Tulsa, American Airlines, and his congressional colleagues to mitigate the impact on Northeast Oklahoma.

U.S. Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK), whose First Congressional District includes Tulsa, called the fact that the maintenance base will stay open a “silver lining.” U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK4) says he expects parent company AMR’s restructuring will allow the airline to recover and maintain a strong presence in Oklahoma.

A bankruptcy judge will now decide whether American can carry out the cuts, which will be opposed by its three major unions.

Gov. Mary Fallin says her conversations with American Airlines indicate the company is working to preserve as many jobs as possible and keep Tulsa in the airline’s restructuring plans.

American CEO Thomas Horton said yesterday the company wants to slash spending by $2 billion per year and raise revenue by $1 billion per year as part of a plan to return to profitability.


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