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Last of TWA Flight Attendants Returning to Work

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – Nearly 11 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, more than 200 former Trans World Airlines flight attendants are getting their jobs back.

The terrorist attacks happened just months after American Airlines purchased St. Louis-based TWA. Because TWA workers went to the bottom of the seniority list, they were the first to be cut after the airline industry slowdown that resulted from the attacks. All told, American cut 2,500 attendants in the months after the attacks.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, said Thursday she brokered the deal with American Airlines to bring back the 211 TWA flight attendants effective Nov. 17.

“This has always been about fairness for these workers—and I’m thrilled that they’ll now have the opportunity to return to their jobs,” McCaskill said. “For the first time since 2001, there isn’t a single American Airlines flight attendant furloughed, and that makes this long fight well worth it.”

After previous recalls, including those in 2010 and 2011, all 2,500 workers have now had the option of returning to their positions, including hundreds of jobs that have been filled in Missouri.

American Airlines is in bankruptcy protection and has offered buyouts to hundreds of attendants. A spokesman says the recall will ensure adequate staffing through that process.
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