American Airlines May Lay Off up to 1,400 South Florida Employees
Employees have been waiting anxiously since then to find out whether they would be out of a job, and how soon. Florida-based employees recently received some news on that front, and it is not very encouraging.
“When big employers like this go bankrupt, it can be devastating to large numbers of people and even whole communities,” said Tampa bankruptcy lawyer O. Reginald Osenton.
The worst-case scenario for the airline's 9,000 South Florida employees is gloomy. The company said that more than 1,400 of them could be affected, mostly at Miami International Airport. But a representative said that they expect the number to be much lower.
The company issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, notices to all potentially affected workers, as required by law, but expects that most of those notified will in fact be able to keep their jobs. The airline is offering “early out” incentives to encourage workers near retirement to retire early.
The airline filed a notice with Florida's labor agency detailing the numbers of employees that could be affected and the applicable dates. About 47 employees at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and about 158 at Miami International Airport may lose their jobs. And on Dec. 16, another 1,209 workers at Miami International could face layoffs.
The majority of the positions in the notice are those of fleet service clerks and crew chiefs at MIA. Others include mechanics, plant maintenance workers, and airport agents.
American Airlines representatives stressed that they are working to minimize the number of employees who will involuntarily lose their jobs. They expect to have to lay off only a third of the number originally estimated company-wide.
“These numbers are surely worrying for Florida workers,” added Mr. Osenton. “Hopefully the outlook for will improve as the picture becomes clearer.”
Osenton Law Office, PA
500 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Brandon, Florida 33511
Call: (813) 654-5777
- Woman’s handwritten note insufficient to revoke will
The heirs of a deceased New York woman received an object lesson in the importance of taking proper, legally enforceable action when altering a will. Some years before Patricia Powers died, she apparently wished to revoke her existing will entirely, and attempted to do so by writing a note to that effect on the will’s […]
- Chapter 13 can help those saddled with student loan debt
A recent story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlights an increasingly common strategy for dealing with unmanageable student loan debt: Chapter 13 bankruptcy. If you have student loans, you may already be aware that those debts cannot be discharged under Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation except in very limited cases. Under Chapter 13 reorganization, however, debtors agree […]
- When debtors agree to surrender property, they must follow through
When filing bankruptcy, “surrender” means “surrender.” That is the message from Tampa bankruptcy judge Michael G. Williamson in a recent Florida bankruptcy case, in which Lisa Metzler of Gibsonton declared bankruptcy in 2012. She was delinquent on her mortgage and had no way to pay it or her other debts. She agreed to surrender her […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: brandon bankruptcy attorney, brandon bankruptcy attorneys, brandon bankruptcy lawyer, brandon bankruptcy lawyers, brandon lawyers, tampa bankruptcy attorney, tampa bankruptcy attorneys, tampa bankruptcy lawyer, tampa bankruptcy lawyers