DALLAS -- American Airlines ground workers split over the company s final contract offer that would spare some jobs targeted for elimination.

The Transport Workers Union said Tuesday that five work groups accepted the company s offer but the biggest, aircraft mechanics, rejected it.

Pilots, flight attendants and the TWU have already thrown their support to a bid by US Airways to take over American and create a bigger combined airline.

AMR Corp. s American Airlines is trying to throw out other union contracts to cut costs as it goes through bankruptcy protection. A hearing on that move continued Tuesday in federal district court in New York.

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