Pilots' union moves to head off contract rejection

DALLAS,TX. (AP) - The union for American Airlines pilots has sued the company to block it from using bankruptcy to impose pay cuts and other employee changes.

A hearing on the carrier's bankruptcy case is scheduled Wednesday in federal court in New York.

The Allied Pilots Association filed the lawsuit Tuesday in New York. The parent of Fort Worth-based American sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November.

The union says its last contract with American expired in 2008 and it wants the judge to order negotiations on a new one to continue.

AMR Corp. could ask the judge to throw out its contracts with unions and impose the company's terms on workers.

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