They helped save the airline that they will picket on Wednesday.
Flight attendant Mary McKenna and her American Airlines co-workers took a 35% pay cut after 9/11 to help salvage the nose-diving company.
“For months after 9/11, when Al Qaeda terrorists flew American Airline jets into one of the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, our flights were empty,” says McKenna, who retired in 2010 after 33 years of flying American...
So McKenna, who never made more than $35,000 a year in base salary, accepted the pay cut to save jobs and American Airlines in exchange for corporate promises that health, retirement and cost-negative free-flying benefits would be sweetened... She says everyone she knew at American Airlines made sacrifices because they believed it was the right thing to do for the country and their company...
In bankruptcy court American Airlines tried to renege on all the corporate promises made to the workers who took the 35% pay cut to save the company after the country and the company was attacked by foreign terrorists.Awful. “First, we had to start paying our own medical,” says McKenna. “But then they asked the court to cut our retirement packages. Judge Sean Lane has been pretty fair. He made AA honor the retirement packages for union members who are already retired. But on Thursday he ruled that all non-union workers, about 40,000 ticket agents and ground crew, would lose all their medical and retirement." The people who had been loyal to a sick airline were now leaving the same people without bennies in retirement. to read more: nydailynews.com
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