Monday, May 21, 2007

Missouri Senator (elect) Claire McCaskill
vows to help former TWA'ers win extended recall rights!
For US Senate

St. Louis
P.O. Box 6771 • St. Louis, MO 63144
Phone : 314-918-8683
Fax: 314-918-8696

Kansas City:
6614 Blue Ridge Blvd. • Raytown, MO 64133
Mc Caskill Phone:
Fax: 816-358-7134

October 30, 2006

Dear Former TWA Flight Attendants,

I am writing to express my public commitment to the issue of F/A furlough recall rights.

If I am elected as U.S. Senator from Missouri, I plan to pursue direct involvement in talks between APFA and American Airlines for the express purpose of extending furlough rights for those F/As affected by 9/11. This would include retroactive extension for F/As whose five years have already expired. It is apparent to me that American Airlines has received millions of dollars in post 9/11 recovery funds, and that the same recovery benefits have not been extended to those furloughed. I also plan, if elected, to investigate the possibility of legislation to correct this injustice.

TWA has a proud heritage in Missouri, and the former TWA employees can hold their heads high remembering their work. The unfair treatment of those same employees is an issue I hope I have the opportunity to address.

Claire McCaskill
Paid for by McCaskill for Missouri.

Debate video between then candidates Senator Jim Talent and candidate Claire McCaskill...

Talent pledges to "send a letter to TWA" (but TWA has been gone for years)

Claire McCaskill, on the other hand gets to the point...millions given to AA after 9/11 to keep AA afloat...but AA refuses to recall or even extend 5 year recall rights to former TWA, now AA flight attendants!

Please click on the light blue link below:

Debate in St. Louis between Talent and McCaskill...the TWA question

Courtesy of KSDK, St. Louis

Then candidate Claire McCaskill, now Senator McCaskill, keeps her word to trump the opposition and vows to do the right thing...political pressure... and legislation...and keeps her word! Help former TWA flight attendants win an opportunity to return to their jobs!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Joplin Independant

AA Executive Bonuses Driven By Taxpayer Dollars

May 1, 2007

St. Louis - American Airlines CEO Gerard Arpey and over 874 senior managers received millions in shares of stock based upon the April 18, 2007 closing stock price. The approximate $160 million payout leaves the laid-off employees of the former TWA fuming.

Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, American was on the verge of bankruptcy and received a government bailout in the form of cash payments and loan guarantees that totaled approximately $840 million, while simultaneously American Airlines was laying off the entire flight attendant work force of the newly acquired TWA.

Congress and the TWA employees were promised a fair and equitable integration of the work groups but managed to sidestep these promises once approval was given. Today, the very same former TWA employees are still without jobs and being permanently severed as their five-year recall rights to their positions expire.

Just days after American’s executives lined their pockets with an approximate $160 million in bonuses, CEO Gerard Arpey during a meeting with analysts hinted he holds little hope for these laid-off employees ever returning due to the contractual five year recall rights with American’s flight attendant union.

Roger Graham an 18-year veteran of the former TWA states, “Mr. Arpey knows full well that the issue of extending these recall rights of these employees (that were affected by 9/11) can easily be solved with a letter of agreement with the flight attendant union.”

The excessive bonuses coupled with terminated and laid-off employees may leave the U.S. taxpayer wondering how American Airlines spent their 9/11 taxpayer funded bailout. While labor strife abounds over the bonuses, the public should be questioning whether it was their tax dollars that saved the airline and elevated the stock price that is now becoming a windfall for a few corporate barons.

Graham stated, “Under a bill that the house began debating last month, shareholders would have the right to a non-binding vote on the pay packages of senior executives. Perhaps, it is now time, that taxpayers have the same vote when it comes to a government bailout.”