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K. Ryan Duvall

Re: "Unions must budge" by John Mullen, Sunday Letters.

Management ruined deal

The first line of Mullen’s letter says it all: "I am not an American Airlines employee …". If he were he would know that if it hadn’t been for the union employees, American Airlines would have been in bankruptcy nine years ago. It was the union employees who volunteered to give back over $1.8 billion in wages and other concessions to keep the company out of bankruptcy court.

AA management promised that if we "Pulled together, we would win together!" Following the concessions, there was a brief period of productive camaraderie between the unions and management. Plans were enthusiastically discussed about a company "Turnaround Plan." The dynamic between labor and management seemed to be turning a positive corner.

But then, even though American was still losing billions, the top five executives went on to receive more than $100 million in bonuses while those who made deep personal and financial sacrifices watched and suffered.

The concessions we agreed to in 2003 were supposed to last six years. Nine years later, instead of being rewarded for those concessions with a new contract that would provide some financial relief, American management is attempting to completely gut what is left of our contracts.

Rather than creating a plan that would ensure American’s growth and profitability, management wants to dump that responsibility on the backs of labor. Again.

The unions have negotiated in good faith with management and have attempted to create workable compromises to the company’s proposals. It is management that is refusing to budge.

AA management was given the opportunity to return American to profitability. Instead, they squandered those resources and betrayed their employees’ trust.

It seems lately that unionized workers of any sort are being viewed negatively. In some cases, that may be justified. But in this case, American Airlines union workers have carried the company – not buried it.

K. Ryan Duvall, DFW

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