The opening salvo in the Transport Workers Union’s response to AMR Corp.’s restructuring plan targets maintenance outsourcing, claiming it is a “dirty little secret” that compromises safety. AMR last week approached its unions with a concession package that called for 20% cuts in labor costs. For TWU’s mechanics and flight services clerks these cuts included a 40% reduction in staff numbers, the closure of a maintenance base in Fort Worth and with it the loss of widebody overhaul work. ...

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