Ground workers have reached a "complete breakdown" in contract talks with American Airlines, the Transport Workers Union said Monday, asking the National Mediation Board to release them from further talks in preparation for a possible strike. The airline and the union announced a tentative deal weeks ago that would cover some 11,000 baggage handlers and other workers. But the TWU said Monday that agreement was no longer in force, and "no ballots will be presented to members for a ratification vote." American, meanwhile, said it "continues to believe that the tentative agreement represents a fair deal that culminates two years of hard work and addresses the interests of both our TWU-represented employees and the company."

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