Tulsa Metro Chamber, partners support contract that would save local American Airlines jobs5.9.2012
Earlier this year, regional partners, local and state elected officials and others packed a press conference at the Chamber offices to show their support for retaining the operations of the American MRO base in Tulsa. Neal said a “yes” vote on the proposal that would save the most jobs is the best option for the economic health of the region.
“The net result of saving additional jobs in Tulsa would mean we have retained nearly 6,000 of the 7,200 jobs at AA in Tulsa and have kept the Tulsa base in operation,” Neal said. “We now need to focus on retaining every job we can in our region.”
Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo said the community support shown to American Airlines and its employees is vitally important to finding the best outcome for AA, its workers and the region.
“A business is only as strong as its workforce,” Smaligo said, noting the Tulsa region has shown great cohesion in standing behind American Airlines and its employees.
Owasso Chamber of Commerce President Gary Akin said American Airlines and its workforce make a substantial contribution to his community.
“The quality of life in Owasso to a large part is connected to the primary jobs provided at American Airlines,” Akin said.
Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. said: “some of our friends and neighbors will ultimately be affected by the difficult decisions that will be made, including the elimination of some positions. While any jobs cuts will be difficult, it’s important to remember that, through the current plan, thousands of jobs will be preserved in our community, building a foundation for long-term success and growth here.”
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