American flight attendants ratify contract

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Flight attendants at American Airlines ratified a new contract with the bankrupt carrier today.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA)-represented employees approved the carrier's last, best and final offer by a nearly 10-percentage point margin, with 59.5% of the 12,570 ballots for the contract and 40.5% against, according to the union.

The contract will enter into force as soon as it is approved by the bankruptcy court, which is expected by the end of the month, says APFA.

"Our flight attendants join our seven TWU [Transport Workers Union]-represented employee groups with ratified agreements providing another step forward for our people and the company," says Fort Worth-based American. "In addition to these eight ratified agreements, this past week we concluded the management/support staff redesign, and we are moving forward with changes for our independent employees."

APFA says that it still "firmly believes" that a merger with US Airways is the best way forward for American, in a statement.