The Transport Workers Union of America, representing 26,000 American employees has agreed to send the airline’s latest contract proposal to members for a vote. The airline’s “last, best offer” would cut fewer than 8,500 positions and the company claims the final number would be substantially less than that. Just last week, the unions approved of a merger between US Airways and American Airlines, especially since any merger would result in more generous terms for them. Although the negotiations with TWU are continuing, the pilots and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants haven’t been so accommodating.

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