AA, Flight Attendants Contract Talks Under News Blackout

Airline, union, say they won't talk publicly until negotiations are over

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    American Airlines and its flight attendants union announced a news blackout as contract talks began Tuesday in Nashville.

    American Airlines and its flight attendants union announced a news blackout as contract talks began Tuesday in Nashville.

    Both sides said they would have no public comments -- at least until the negotiations are set to finish on Thursday.

    It was not immediately clear if the blackout was imposed by the federal mediator or was a deal struck between the company and union.

    AA, Flight Attendants Back at the Bargaining Table

    [DFW] AA, Flight Attendants Back at the Bargaining Table
    American Airlines and its flight attendants union announced a news blackout as contract talks began Tuesday in Nashville.

    The meeting is the first since May, when union leaders said they were close to a deal, but that the airline's offer just wasn't enough. It also is the first with a new mediator.

    American's last offer included a 3 percent signing bonus and a 9.9 percent pay raise over five years. Differences remained over health care, work schedules and other benefits.

    AA Flight Attendent Talks Begin

    [DFW] AA Flight Attendent Talks Begin
    Contract talks between American Airlines and its 18,000 flight attendants kicked off Tuesday in Nashville.

    Going into the meeting, both sides indicated Tuesday would be largely be a "getting acquainted" session before getting down to business Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Association of Professional Flight Attendants represents nearly 18,000 American employees.