American Airlines seeks to cancel labor contracts

American Airlines passenger planes takes off from Los Angeles International airport on Feb. 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. According to reports, officials from the bankrupt airline are meeting in Dallas with the three unions and may cut up to 15,000 jobs.
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(AP) DALLAS - American Airlines is asking a bankruptcy judge to break its union contracts and impose cost-cutting terms on workers.

American said it filed the request Tuesday in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York.

The airline is making good on its threat last week to seek to throw out the labor contracts, if it couldn't negotiate concessions from pilots, flight attendants and ground workers.

The unions say they will still try to negotiate to save their contracts.