Although U.S. bankruptcy judge Sean Lane has not indicated otherwise, the flight attendants union told its members it was "confident" that the judge will delay his ruling on rejecting American Airlines' union contracts until after the flight attendants finish voting on the carrier' latest offer.
Over the weekend, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants opened up voting on American's latest contract proposal and told its members that ballots will be accepted until August 19th. That date is four days after the judge is currently scheduled to rule on American's request to reject its union contracts.
Here's what the APFA hotline message said on Wednesday:
"The bankruptcy judge has made clear throughout this process that the most preferable resolution to labor contract negotiations is a mutual deal. Although the Court’s ruling on AA's Section 1113 motion is currently scheduled to be issued by August 15th, we are confident that the court will accommodate our balloting period as it has done with both APA and TWU by delaying its decision until after August 19th; the date on which our balloting period concludes."