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What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:35 am

Saw this in the Yahoo business news today:

http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/060405/1268696.html?.v=1

"American Airlines employees in Tampa have received notices that they could face layoffs in the next several weeks.

The letters were also sent to employees in Orlando and 23 other cities, a spokesman for the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline told the Tampa Bay Business Journal on Tuesday.

The precautionary notices, required under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, were sent to 28 employees at Tampa International Airport advising them of a precautionary May 29 layoff date. Another 35 notices were sent to workers at Orlando International Airport.

"They are not exactly layoffs, but WARN letters," said American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner. "We have initiated operational changes that are going to result in improved efficiencies in certain airports. We don't know how many reductions in jobs are actually going to happen."

Wagner said the letters are intended to advise employees that, depending on their seniority, they may need to take another position in Tampa or transfer to another airport where American Airlines operates."

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"But flights in Tampa won't be affected, at least not for now, said Tampa International Airport's executive director, Louis Miller. "Their flight schedule is not going to change in Tampa," said Miller. "They are still showing 22 departures per day: three to Chicago, eight to Dallas/Ft. Worth, five to Miami, two to New York/La Guardia, two to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and two to St. Louis."

Is AA having some troubles in TPA? I hope not, their service has always been top notch IMO. I'd like to see more flights, not less.
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:00 am

Quoting Moman (Thread starter):
Is AA having some troubles in TPA? I hope not, their service has always been top notch IMO. I'd like to see more flights, not less.

It seems AA is set on cutting more and more stations down. The only markets with mainline employees in the Northeast are now BOS, BDL, LGA, JFK, EWR, PHL, BWI, DCA, and IAD. The other cities served by AA in the Northeast are American Eagle now.
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:10 am

Quoting Moman (Thread starter):
Is AA having some troubles in TPA? I hope not, their service has always been top notch IMO. I'd like to see more flights, not less.

I'm not claiming to have any inside scoop, but I doubt AA will be reducing service at TPA - just the workforce. With more and more automation making airport operations more efficeint (self-serve check-in kiosks, back office operations, etc.) we will probably see more possible layoffs - right-sizing (as corporate America likes to call it). These affected emloyees were simply notified that it was a possibility they could be laid-off - not the actual lay-off notice itself. But the former usually equals the latter.

Nonetheless it is never a good thing when people loose their jobs. I wish those who get severed the best.
 
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:43 am

Anyone know the other stations affected besides TPA and MCO?
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:49 am

It's simply a notification of possible layoffs. I remember getting mine, but I didn't actually get laid off until over a year later. But anyway, I've heard of individuals at certain stations now getting a lay-off notice then when its time for the next bid, they get rescinded. Can you imagine that feeling of job secuirty? "We're going to lay you off... oh wait, no, we can keep you during the next bid." ...one particular agent had it happen three times already.
 
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:20 pm

Quoting Moman (Thread starter):
Is AA having some troubles in TPA? I hope not, their service has always been top notch IMO. I'd like to see more flights, not less.

Same here. I non-rev to TPA frequently on AA and every time whether it be from DFW or MIA, the planes are always jam-packed at all times of the year, not just during the winter when the snow-birds hit town. Now I know full planes do not equal profits, especially to leisure destinations like Florida, but if AA is hurting, so must everyone else.

Somewhat off topic, but one of the things I have always liked about TPA is their airline diversity, and not being too reliant on one particular carrier.

Next summer my family and I are hoping to make our long anticipated move to the Tampa/St. Pete area, I guess I may have to change my screen name...
 
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:41 pm

Quoting USPIT10L (Reply 1):

I was told today that MDW, miles from their hub at ORD is handled by Continental .
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:34 am

I'll just add that while these "WARN" letters are going out; I just got my "notice of recall" letter last week to report to work (after three years of layoff). ...Interesting...
 
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:55 am

I believe that the changes (lay offs) are occuring around the country as AA right sizes station staff.
 
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RE: What's Up With AA @ TPA - Warn Letters

Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:03 pm

AA has quietly decided to ground 27 additional MD-80 aircraft between now(first group was grounded on April 3rd) and July, and as a result there is a definite reduction particularly on the maintenance end, as something like 30+ heavy checks got cancelled for the year. Both cuts at MCI and field stations are taking place.

Also keep in mind AA is in the midst of the roll out of its new "RIF" station staffing model so there are staffing adjustments taking place also amongst rampers and customer service agents at many stations.

[Edited 2006-04-15 05:31:05]
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