Monday, June 28, 2010

Union at American Airlines: Contract offer dead
Union says American Airlines offer no longer valid, seeks next step toward possible strike

On Monday June 28, 2010, 6:18 pm EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A union representing ground workers at American Airlines says a contract offer that was once headed for a ratification vote is now dead, and it's seeking to move closer toward a possible strike.

The Transport Workers Union said Monday it asked the National Mediation Board to declare a stalemate.

If the board goes along, it could end mediated talks between the two sides and eventually begin a 30-day cooling-off period, after which workers could legally strike.

The airline thought it had a tentative deal in May, but the union's president reversed a decision by negotiators and declined to send the company's last contract offer to members for a vote. American, part of AMR Corp., said it included raises.

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