Mediators tell American and its unions to continue negotiating

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The US National Mediation Board (NMB) has requested the resumption of negotiations between American management and the carrier's flight attendants and 28,000 workers represented by the Transport Workers Union.

Both the TWU and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) have requested to be released from mediated negotiations. TWU represents 11 bargaining units across American and its wholly-owned subsidiary American Eagle, and APFA represents roughly 18,000 of American's flight attendants. American has been in mediated negotiations with APFA for about 14 months and talks under the supervision of a federal mediator between American and TWU began in 2008.

Being released from negotiations would allow for a 30-day cooling off period, and afterwards the unions could potentially call for a strike.

No date has been set for the resumption of talks with either union.