American talks with flight attendants fall apart

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American Airlines and its Association of Professional Flight Attendants' represented flight attendants have ended court ordered mediated talks without an agreement.

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the Fort Worth-based airline and its three major unions to enter mediated talks on 25 May before it rules on American's section 1113 request to reject its labour contracts on 22 June.

"I firmly believe a merger is the right move for this company," says Laura Glading, president of APFA, in a hotline to union members that was published by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The latest round of talks ended late on 1 June.

The airline says that it is "disappointed" that it was unable to reach an agreement with APFA.

Talks begin between the airline and the Allied Pilots Association today and with the Transport Workers Union next week.

APFA's contract with American has been amendable since 2008, according to the union.