American Awaits Key Vote
When their votes on the concession demands of their troubled employer were finally tallied yesterday morning (see yesterday's WIT) 53 percent of the members of the Transport Workers Union and 69 percent of the members of the pilots union had approved them. By a 1.4 percent margin, however, the members of the flight attendants union had rejected concessions which the company's CEO had said were needed by 11:00am to avoid a bankruptcy filing by the company. American Airlines decided to make debt payments yesterday in order to extend the deadline after the leadership of the flight attendants union asked for time to extend its voting period citing difficulties with the phone-voting system and last-minute changes in the concession plan.
See KEITH L. ALEXANDER, The Washington Post, April 15, 2003