DALLAS (AP) — Union leaders at American Airlines agreed to let pilots vote on a company proposal for deep cuts in labor spending, just two days before a bankruptcy judge could have imposed even tougher terms.

A union spokesman said Wednesday that the Allied Pilots Association board voted 9-7 to order a ratification vote on American's offer, reversing a board decision from last week.

American said that with the pilots' vote now set, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane would postpone his decision on whether to throw out the airline's contracts with pilots and other employees for several weeks.

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