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Pilots union adjourns American talks

The pilots union Saturday reported progress in resolving a dispute with American Airlines over commuter flights, but its board adjourned until next month without deciding whether to back American's new contract proposal.

James Sovich, president of the Allied Pilots Association, added that after two days of union discussions on the contract proposal, the APA would not make any more concessions to avert a threatened strike by its pilots set for April 28.

After the talks, the board adjourned and set its next meeting for April 3.

Spokesman Wally Pitts said the adjournment was to give the negotiating committee time to put the agreement in principle into the legal language required for a board vote.

Sovich said the issue of who is to fly the new small jets American is to buy for its regional carrier, American Eagle, remained the most contentious in its agreement in principle with American, the nation's No. 2 airline.