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Judge to pilots: sickouts won’t fly

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United Airlines won the first round of a legal battle against its pilots over sickouts and other disruptions that cost the airline millions of dollars in lost profits and revenues last year.

The lawsuit claimed the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) violated the Railway Labor Act by organizing a sickout last July, forcing the airline to cancel 329 flights and costing it as much as $8 million.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the union and four pilots from encouraging or participating in “any interference with United’s airline operations.”

Lefkow specifically banned “any strike, work stoppage, sickout, slowdown, work-to-rule campaign, concerted refusal to accept voluntary or overtime flight assignments, or other concerted refusal to perform normal pilot operations.”

Lefkow noted that Anthony Freeman, one of the defendant pilots, publishes a web site “designed to organize activities to disrupt United’s operations.”

United, based in Chicago, is seeking a permanent injunction.

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