AMR CEO sends progress message as mediation set to begin

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 1:02 PM

DALLAS - In a message to AMR employees Wednesday, chairman and CEO Tom Horton addressed where the company is at six months into their restructuring plan.

The letter comes nearly one week after a three-week bankruptcy hearing ended in New York and as American Airlines and two work groups are still divided.

Attorneys for American Airlines unions argued against American Airlines’ attempt to cancel their contracts, slash benefits and eliminate jobs.

While five of the work groups represented by Transport Workers union approved the company's final contract offer, two others voted it down. Among those who declined the contract were aircraft maintenance workers and fleet service clerks.

"As the formal court proceedings come to a close, we've yet to make the same progress with the other union groups," Horton said in the message sent to employees Wednesday. "And it would be an understatement to say that this has created uncertainty all around."

Horton said a bankruptcy judge has been offered by the bankruptcy court to serve as a mediator between AMR and the two groups who voted down the latest contract. The mediation is set to begin this week.

"I've urged all sides to work diligently and creatively to find the best outcome for our company and our people and I hope you will too," Horton said in the message.

 

 

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