NEW YORK — Leaders of striking ground workers met with the chairman of Pan American World Airways on Thursday but said that they saw no easy resolution of the 2-week-old walkout that has grounded many of the airline's flights.
The meeting followed the first bargaining session between negotiators for Pan Am and the Transport Workers Union since the strike began Feb. 28. The session lasted less than two hours, and union officials said that they had nothing new to report.
The officials expressed pleasure that Pan Am Chairman C. Edward Acker had agreed to see them, but said: "We do not expect a breakthrough any time soon."
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The Transport Workers Union, representing the airline's 5,800 mechanics, flight dispatchers, baggage handlers and kitchen workers walked off the job after failing to reach agreement on a new contract.