US Airways, pilots agree to end lawsuit

US Airways, pilots agree to end lawsuit

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by ELY PORTILLO / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 10 at 7:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- US Airways and a Charlotte-based pilots union have reached an agreement to end a federal lawsuit over a work slowdown, marking a partial win for the company in its decade-long saga of labor turmoil.

According to documents filed Friday in federal court in Charlotte, the US Airline Pilots Association and US Airways agree that the case should be ended. A federal judge's temporary injunction ordering the pilots to stop a work slowdown will be put in place permanently, and the case will be recorded as a ruling in favor of US Airways.

Both sides will pay their own attorneys' fees in the case.

Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways had first sued the pilots union in July, alleging that the pilots were intentionally slowing the airline's operations through tactics such as slow-taxiing in order to pressure the airline in negotiations. Operations at Charlotte Douglas International, where US Airways flies about 90 percent of the airport's daily flights, were alleged to be disproportionately impacted.

The pilots shot back, charging that the airline was running an unsafe operation and forcing pilots to take off in potentially dangerous planes, instead of performing appropriate maintenance.

After a hearing in Charlotte, a federal judge sided with the airline, ruling that the pilots were engaged in illegal work slowdown. The judge ordered them to stop in a preliminary injunction, an order which will now be made permanent.
 

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