Pilots reject contract with American Airlines

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(AP) – Pilots for American Airlines are expressing their anger with management by overwhelmingly rejecting the company’s final contract offer, but mechanics approved a contract by a razor-thin margin.

American will likely ask a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to break its existing contract with pilots and impose its terms for pay and work rules.

The Allied Pilots Association said Wednesday that the vote against the contract was 4,600 to 2,935.

American offered the pilots pay raises and a 13.5 percent stake in the new company in exchange for more flexibility to shift flying to partner airlines.

The Transport Workers Union said mechanics voted 50.25 percent to 49.75 percent to accept a contract that gives them 3 percent raises.

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