» American Airlines May Lay Off up to 1,400 South Florida Employees

American Airlines May Lay Off up to 1,400 South Florida Employees

Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11 , 2012 - American Airlines, one of the largest U.S. carriers, filed for bankruptcy protection last November.

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

  • Avoid Probate by Making Financial Accounts Payable on Death
    Probate can be a time-consuming and, in some cases, expensive process. Probate is not avoidable in every case, but with some advance planning, the need for probate can be minimized. Designating beneficiaries for financial accounts and other assets is a useful tool to avoid or limit probate. Bank accounts can be made payable-on-death (POD) by […]
  • Keeping your home in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Homeowners considering filing for bankruptcy often wonder whether doing so means they will lose their home, and whether Chapter 7 liquidation or Chapter 13 reorganization is the better option. Most homeowners can keep their homes if they wish, and the situation is even better for Floridians than for most others. Those filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy […]
  • Keep recent and up-to-date powers of attorney for an effective estate plan
    Powers of attorney are a very important part of an effective estate plan. A power of attorney is a legal document that grants a person whom you trust, called your “agent,” the power to act on your behalf in certain ways and under certain circumstances. For instance, a durable power of attorney for health care […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required