AA, Flight Attendants Contract Talks Under News Blackout

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

By Scott Gordon
|  Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011  |  Updated 10:40 PM CDT
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Scott Gordon, NBCDFW.com

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

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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.

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.

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.

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