DALLAS (AP) - Leaders of the pilots' union at American Airlines have raised the threat of a strike and also met with the CEO of US Airways, which is pursuing a labor-backed merger with American.
The Allied Pilots Association says that it will hold a strike-authorization vote as soon as American tries to use the bankruptcy process to throw out its contract with pilots and impose new pay and work rules.
The airline said that a strike would be illegal.
A hearing on American's request to cancel the pilots' contract is scheduled for Sept. 4 before a federal bankruptcy judge in New York.
Federal law makes it difficult for airline unions to legally strike.