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FORT WORTH (AP) – American Airlines flight attendants will receive a 1.6 percent wage increase after the union sought a more than 8 percent pay hike.

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An arbitration panel Tuesday agreed on the lower figure for American’s more than 25,000 workers represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

Fort Worth-based American and the union disagreed over the wage increase as part of a pay adjustment negotiated in the 2014 collective bargaining agreement. The matter involved contract negotiations related to the US Airways merger with American.

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AFPA President Bob Ross calls the 1.6 percent pay raise as “insulting.”

American says flight attendants, since last April, have seen a 9.6 percent increase in pay, including Tuesday’s arbitration ruling. Figures show American flight attendants in 2015 earned an average annual income of nearly $49,000.

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