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Threatened American Airlines layoffs leave Arizona employees anxious

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Posted at 9:43 AM, Sep 01, 2020

American Airlines’ announcement that it could furlough up to 19,000 workers on Oct. 1 has left the airline’s roughly 10,000 employees in Arizona worried, but hopeful the state can avoid the worst of the cuts.

The airline has not specified which regions of the country will see the cuts — which American executives said would not be needed if the federal government passes a new round of relief funding.

That has one local union “blasting out all over Facebook” to get members to press their representatives for a deal.

“I think some think that a second stimulus will come,” said Pat Rezler, assistant general chairman of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 141st District.

Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.