A three-member arbitration panel created to solve a labor dispute between flight attendants and American Airlines awarded the flight attendants a 17 percent pay increase over the next six years. The panel rejected American’s plans to cut vacation pay by 25% and reduce pay for layovers and periods between flights. The panel also established wage rates based on comparison of rates paid by United and Delta Airlines. The Association of Professional Flight attendants started the process in 1993 by initi ating a five-day, pre-Thanksgiving strike to resolve wage disputes. The strike ended after President Clinton intervened and management agreed to arbitration.