About 400 demonstrators picketed in front of American Airline’s Terminal D at Miami International Airport Thursday afternoon, protested job outsourcing this summer.
The protest, organized by the Transport Workers Union, including the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and Allied Pilots Association, joined in the demonstration Thursday.
A similar protest in July at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where American is headquartered, drew more than 1,000 protesters,
At issue concerns that American is outsourcing 40 percent of its maintenance jobs to China, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America, where labor costs are lower, the union said.
TWU points to an announcement from American Airlines that it’s building an aircraft maintenance center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which could eliminate jobs in the U.S. — at least in the long-term.
The union puts the cost of the building the hangar at $100 million, but American said the true cost is $50 million and that all the jobs there will be American Airlines jobs. and added that it retains “more aircraft maintenance work in-house than all U.S. operators including our primary competitors.”