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American Airlines Employees Concerned That Their Planes Aren’t As Safe As They Used to Be

American Airlines Employees Concerned That Their Planes Aren’t As Safe As They Used to Be
Jackie Reddy

A campaign by the TWU has alleged that cost-cutting measures being used by American Airlines (AA) are putting both passenger safety and job security at risk at the carrier. It urges those concerned by the carrier’s practices to sign a petition to enshrine and preserve top safety and security standards at the airline.

Cost-cutting measures by American Airlines (AA) are putting passenger safety and job security at risk, alleges one labor body.

As part of a new campaign entitled ‘AA Should Care‘, the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), AFL-CIO is seeking to raise awareness of some of the current practices undertaken by the carrier with respect of maintenance, repairs and inspections.

The TWU, which represents almost 140,000 members of staff across a host of different airlines – including AA – is calling upon members of the public to sign a petition in an attempt to enshrine better safety practices at the carrier.

“This campaign is designed to educate you on the facts and provide a way for you to show you support American Airlines employees in their quest for the highest safety and security standards,” the campaign’s website states.

“American Airlines is currently sending the jobs of its maintenance workers outside the U.S. to low-bid, third-party providers who are often unregulated or less-regulated than work completed by its own employees. American Airlines is also outsourcing the work of facilities maintenance, fleet service, logistics and other ground support jobs to low-bid, third-parties in the U.S., and is pushing for employee contracts that would increase both of these outsourcing practices,” it adds.

The campaign states that practices such as these can potentially cause the mechanical or structural failure of a craft and put the lives of passengers and crew members in danger. Additionally, it also adds that these kinds of practices can result in the loss of livelihood and jobs for AA staff.

As a final measure, this campaign urges members of the public to help upkeep and preserve safety standards at AA by signing a petition here.

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  1. AAMillionaire

    March 5, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Union scare tactic. Very annoying that they use fear to retain jobs.

  2. Sydneyberlin

    March 7, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Couldn’t agree more AAMillionaire, super annoying tactic and headline. If you’re willing to ever fly with foreign airlines, then what’s the deal if aircraft maintenance is done on cheaper shores. If anything, many airlines in Asia for example are as safe, if not safer, then US-based carriers.

  3. Snuggs

    March 8, 2019 at 7:35 am

    So the ongoing FAA investigation into “blatant disregard of safety procedures and standards” at AA and SWA don’t concern you as a pax? And you write it all off to propaganda? Just the number of bleed air incidences I have encountered in the last year indicate a significant problem. I’ve smelt more exhaust fumes in planes in the last 18 months than I have in the last 18 years. Lucky me, I only fly AA and SWA.

  4. ckfred

    March 8, 2019 at 7:56 am

    A good friend is an AA pilot. He hasn’t said anything about safety. Considering how much he has criticized AA management, going back to Bob Crandall, he would say something to me, if he thought maintenance was being compromised.

  5. POatParker

    March 8, 2019 at 8:36 am

    This is more Parker Bull Sh!t!!!! Anything for greed! Even passenger safety! He NEEDS to go!!!!!!

  6. ian888

    March 8, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    This is a blatant attempt by the TWU to save union jobs that are far more expensive than outsourcing. I generally avoid US based carriers for international travel because foreign airlines have superior passenger service. I have never been concerned that those airlines are less safe because their aircraft are serviced outside of the US. My biggest concern when traveling on US based aircraft is the aircraft’s age. You rarely see DC9’s or 767’s when flying highly rated foreign carriers.

  7. DeeKayGee

    March 9, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Millionaire and SydneyBerlin exhibit their strong corporate bias at the expense of the safety of them and their families. To blatantly assume that this whistleblower campaign is an unjustified union tactic is to demonstrate pure ignorance.

    Note that AA has just had to ground a number of airplanes that were recently modified by an off-shore low bid contractor. This concern is real and AA needs to reconsider their off-shore maintenance policy.

    Yes – flying on foreign airlines is safe – but flying on the lowest bid airline from an underdeveloped or developing country is something everyone should be very cautious about.

    Don’t let you ‘political’ opinions blind you to serious concerns.

  8. AAMillionaire

    March 10, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    DeeKayGee, interesting that you didn’t indicate why there were a few planes grounded: a latch on the overhead bins. Can you get any more dramatic? Clearly not a huge safety issue.

  9. Moyerclan

    March 10, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    When I read this headline my first thought was that today’s little crunch up between two planes on the ground in Charlotte was an attention getter?

  10. dtc

    March 12, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    This article from 2015 about outsourced foreign maintenance was pretty eye opening. The central point: How do you do surprise inspections at a facility abroad, when you have to apply for a visa and permission to do such an inspection?

  11. sfoeuroflyer

    March 14, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Can their be at least a tiny bit of editorial examination of stories? The claims that are the subject of the story are plainly union generated designed to pressure management. This is a standard union tactic. To parrot the story is a disservice to the readers. There is an old saying “even an old dog knows the difference between when he has been accidentally tripped over and when he has been deliberately kicked”. Seems that there is a lesson here for the editorial staff. Recognize union b.s. when you see it and don’t simply become a union megaphone.

  12. Flight44

    March 15, 2019 at 7:01 am

    The biggest problem in air transportation are the stupidly low fares by “discount” carriers with slipshod operations. It changes expectations among the public who think the price should be close to free.

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