American Airlines pilots reach strike deadline

Pilots rejected American Airlines last offer

Published On: Oct 03 2012 07:29:13 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2012 01:05:43 PM EDT

The pilots' union at American Airlines is moving to resume stalled contract negotiations with the carrier.

The union also said Tuesday that it will delay releasing results of a strike-authorization vote scheduled to end Wednesday

The developments could lead to a breakthrough in a bitter standoff between the nation's third-biggest airline and its 7,500 active pilots.

The pilots rejected American's last contract offer in August. In early September, a federal bankruptcy judge gave American's parent, AMR Corp., permission to throw out the pilots' contract and impose terms for pay, benefits and work rules.

Last week, American said some pilots were conducting an illegal work slowdown that was causing delayed and canceled flights, and it threatened to take the union to court. The union says there was no sickout or slowdown.