* AMR: each passing day introduces more risk to situation
* Says time running out for unions to be part of solution
NEW YORK, March 2 American Airlines said
time is running out for its unions to reach negotiated deals on
cost savings targets and hinted it could ask the bankruptcy
court to impose contracts on the unionized workers in order to
win the savings the airline says it needs to exit Chapter 11.
"Every day that passes without new agreements introduces
more risk to our situation," American's parent company, AMR Corp
, said in a negotiations update on Friday.
"Time is running out for union leaders to be a collaborative
part of the solution," the airline said.
Earlier this week the standoff between the bankrupt carrier
and its pilots union grew increasingly tense, with the union
saying the airline had little interest in reaching consensual
deals with workers.
The carrier has said, however, that it prefers consensual
deals to having terms imposed on workers by the court, as often
happens in bankruptcy proceedings if the sides reach an impasse.
AMR repeated that position on Friday, saying company
negotiators were prepared to meet at any time and that it would
continue to be responsive to all union requests related to term
sheets, savings targets, proposal valuations and the business
But at least one union remained skeptical.
"It takes two to tango. We're not seeing a willingness to
negotiate on management's side of the table," said Gregg
Overman, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association.
Representatives for the Association of Professional Flight
Attendants and the Transport Workers Union, which represents
several groups of ground workers, were not immediately available
Last week, the airline said it needed concessions from its
labor groups in a matter of weeks, not months, in order to
emerge from Chapter 11 in the near term.
AMR filed for Chapter 11 protection on Nov. 29, citing
uncompetitive labor costs after years of fruitless talks with
The carrier says it must cut 13,000 jobs as part of a plan
to trim costs by $2 billion. American has almost 74,000 full and
part-time employees and its regional carrier American Eagle has
about 14,000 full- and part-time employees.
The carrier said it expects to trim about 4,600 mechanics and
related jobs, about 4,200 fleet service workers, about 2,300
flight attendants, about 1,400 management and support staff and
about 400 pilots.
Unlike its rivals United Airlines and Delta Air Lines
, AMR did not restructure in bankruptcy in the last 10
years, instead winning voluntary concessions from workers.
Those carriers are now profitable, while AMR is not.