Flight attendants and American Airlines management are waiting on the National Mediation Board to determine what they do next in long-running talks about a new contract. The company wants to keep talking; the attendants' union wants for the NMB to declare an impasse and allow a 30-day cooling off period to start, after which the union could strike. Read more about it here.

UPDATE: The original story, in the Dallas Morning News, drew reaction from analyst Michael Derchin. I didn't read the original the way he did but I'm a journalist and he's an analyst, so that's that. In the menatime,  here's another post from the News' Web site with his comments.