Flight attendants narrowly reject American Airlines contract

American_AirlinesBy the slimmest of margins, members of the union representing flight attendants at American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Inc. voted down a tentative agreement on a new contract Sunday. The dispute now goes to binding arbitration.

Members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants rejected the deal by 16 votes out of more than 16,000 cast. The “no” votes represented 50.05 percent of those casting ballots.

A negative vote by flight attendants at American outweighed a positive vote at smaller US Airways. At American, 52.2 percent voted “no,” while 53.4 percent of US Airways flight attendants voted “yes.”

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