Airline launches labor site

July 11, 2007

Jul. 10--Fort Worth-based American Airlines Inc. quietly launched Monday, a Web site where it will post updates about discussions with its work groups, along with labor news and statistics.

Sue Gordon, a spokeswoman for the airline, said making the site public makes it easier for employees to read on the road and offers access to other interested parties, such as customers and the media. American has traditionally communicated directly with its employees through mailings and postings in work areas and the company's internal Web site.

Gregg Overman, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, said he wasn't impressed with the effort, pointing to the recent officer elections that "delivered a clear mandate" for tough negotiations with management.

"The key factor is going to be our employees' resolve, not some slick management Web site."

Leslie Mayo, a spokeswoman for Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said American's new site "definitely raised some red flags."

"Bargaining is between two parties, and it's not between management and the press or management and flight attendants," she said. "It's through management and the union."

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