American Airlines outsourced 40 jobs at Kansas City International Airport, wiping out its remaining union employees in the area that once numbered in the thousands.
Some of the workers retired early and others transferred to jobs at other airports. Some were laid off with recall rights with hopes a US Airways and American Airlines would merge and rehire them.
American said contracting the jobs would allow it to align its costs with the industry while saving their more complex jobs.
American Airlines contracted Airline Terminal Services of St. Louis and PrimeFlight Aviation Services of Nashville for their flight service jobs. Sean Doyle, president of the Local 512 of the Transport Workers Union said he heard those employees were being paid $8.50 an hour with no benefits. Union baggage and cargo handlers received $21 an hour with benefits.