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American Airlines Workers Hold Protest At MIA – 4.17.07

American Airlines Workers Hold Protest At MIA

POSTED: 4:46 pm EDT April 17, 2007
UPDATED: 5:14 am EDT April 18, 2007

MIAMI — American Airline workers held a demonstration at Miami International Airport Tuesday afternoon to protest stock bonus pay. NBC 6's Hank Tester reported that workers throughout the company were protesting in hopes that upper-level executives heard their pleas."

They don't care and they don't share" was one of the chants off-duty American Airlines personal shouted in reaction to stock bonuses offered to top management at the once-beleaguered airline.

"After 2003, the union and the company got together to address inefficiencies and how to bring the carrier back into profitability," Randy Trautman said. "So we are responsible for putting more money into their pocket and justified them sharing with 874 managers $200 million."

After the Sept. 11 attacks, American Airlines stock hovered near the $2 to $3 level, teetering on bankruptcy.

To save the airline, workers took salary cutbacks, reduced hours and even gave up vacations.

The stock bonus plan is not going down well with long-time airline veterans like Cheri Washbish.

"You build up so much trust, and it is broken into so many pieces," Washbish said. "How do you get that back, especially since you helped bring them from the brink of bankruptcy, to keep this airline going and keep employee management relations? Greedy, greed."

The $3 American Airlines stock is now worth $31 a share, and the carrier appears healthy and robust, workers said.

Passengers at MIA reacted to the demonstration Tuesday afternoon.

"I think it is utterly wrong," Peter Searsmah said. "These guys do all the work and those guys sit up there and rake in all the profits. I do not think that is right."

American Airlines said the company would be willing to listen to any proposals to let employees share in their profit.

The demonstration did not affect the operation of American Airlines flights Tuesday, and officials said negations between the unions and the airlines are coming up. 

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