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American Contract Talks With Mechanics Postponed Until December

November 30, 2011

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and the union for 11,000 mechanics and aircraft technicians agreed to delay the resumption of contract talks until next month.

Bargaining had been set to restart today between the carrier and the Transport Workers Union, which last met on Oct. 7, according to American’s labor website. Jamie Horwitz, a TWU spokesman, confirmed the postponement today in an e-mail without giving a new date.

Voting among TWU members will conclude Dec. 15 on a tentative agreement reached Nov. 14 between American and the work group representing 180 flight dispatchers. Balloting ends Dec. 19 on an accord covering 10,400 baggage handlers and other airport ground workers.

American’s pilots union declined yesterday to send the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline’s latest contract offer to members for a vote as the company seeks to reduce costs across all its labor groups. Negotiators for the carrier and the Allied Pilots Association may not meet again until Nov. 28.

--Editors: Ed Dufner, Niamh Ring

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