American Air Attendants Signal Strike Threat Receding

American Airlines’ flight attendants’ union told members it doesn’t expect to be released from contract talks in the near future, lessening the threat of a possible strike at the carrier.

The likelihood that AMR Corp. (AMR)’s American will report a loss for the year and uncertainty about the national economy are among reasons the National Mediation Board is unlikely to declare talks at an impasse and allow the attendants to move closer to a walkout, the union told members in a hotline today.

“Based on the totality of these circumstances we must, reluctantly but realistically, conclude that the NMB will not release the parties into a 30-day cooling off period anytime soon,” Association of Professional Flight Attendants President Laura Glading said in the message.

The union asked the board a year ago to release it from further talks into a 30-day cooling off period. American and the attendants have been in contract negotiations for almost three years. The union represents 16,550 active duty flight attendants.

While talks continue, the terms of the existing contract remain in place.

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