Judge bars American Airlines from dropping pilots’ contract

American said high labor costs were a factor in its slide into bankruptcy protection. The company proposed to eliminate 13,000 jobs and reduce annual spending by $2 billion, more than half from labor. The company later eased some of its demands, including dropping plans to furlough 400 pilots.

Still, 61 percent of pilots voted last week to reject American’s last contract offer, which included a 13.5 percent stake in the company but also concessions on outsourcing and pay raises that some pilots considered too meager.

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