United Airlines Takes on Pilots Union

     CHICAGO (CN) – United Airlines wants to put an end to a pilot union’s campaign to pressure the airline into reopening union negotiations by urging pilots to refuse voluntary flight assignments and to participate in an organized “sick-out,” which forced United to cancel 329 flights between July 19 and July 27.




     “United simply cannot afford a repeat of the summer of 2000 and its impact on the Company’s customers and employees,” the airline claims in Federal Court, referring to a widely publicized slowdown in 2000 that inconvenienced customers and took a toll on United’s reputation.
     United seeks an injunction barring the Air Line Pilots Association International and its members “from advocating or engaging in any form of job action designed to put economic pressure on United or disrupt its operations.”

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