***ST. LOUIS MEDIA ADVISORY*** MCCASKILL ANNOUNCES RECALL EXTENSION FOR 410 FORMER TWA WORKERS
Senator Claire McCaskill
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Speiser, Press Secretary
November 2, 2007
(202) 228-6263, (202) 641-7342
Adrianne Marsh, Communications Director
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McCaskill Announces Recall Extension for 410 Former TWA Workers
Negotiations continue toward a permanent solution for 1,400 laid-off workers
Washington, D.C. – Last week, 410 furloughed flight attendants from American Airlines received company letters advising them that their recall right would expire effective November 1. Yesterday, however, Senator Claire McCaskill announced that she had brokered an agreement with the company to postpone this action for two months while a larger series of negotiations are ongoing to arrive at a permanent solution.
This agreement is the result of a series of negotiations between Senator McCaskill, American Airlines, and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). At issue are the rights of furloughed flight attendants from the pre-merger American Airlines/TWA airlines, who are slated to lose their ability to reclaim their job. Currently, more than 1,400 flight attendants are on furlough.
Since arriving in Congress, Senator McCaskill has kept constant pressure on labor and management to achieve an equitable solution for these employees. Through a series of meetings and phone calls in her Capitol office, there has been sufficient progress toward a long-term solution that McCaskill asked American Airlines to unilaterally extend the recall rights of the 410 employees slated for termination yesterday until the end of the year. This action helps ensure that if a larger agreement can be reached, these employees are still able to benefit.
Press Conference – Friday, November 2 at 10:30 AM (CT):
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
Friday, November 2, 2007
10:30 A.M. CT
St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Jo Anne Wayne Conference Room (west end)
St. Louis, MO
Senator McCaskill will discuss the agreement to temporarily extend the recall rights of 410 former TWA flight
attendants who would have lost those rights yesterday. She will also highlight ongoing negotiations to extend rights for all 1,400 former TWA flight attendants.
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