Hundreds could lose jobs at American Airlines' overhaul base

An American Airlines plan to shift part of its aircraft maintenance work from Kansas City to Tulsa, Okla., could eliminate as many as 600 jobs in Kansas City, union officials say.

Gordon Clark, the president of Transport Workers Union Local 530, said Wednesday that two-thirds of American's hourly employees at its Kansas City overhaul base could be gone by January, based on the airline's decision to shift more work to its biggest maintenance base in Tulsa.

Fred Cleveland, American's vice president of base maintenance, sent employees a letter Wednesday, explaining that work in Kansas City would be reduced to operating a single wide-body hangar next year, eliminating the possibility of future work coming to smaller hangars at the base.

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