NC judge mulls US Airways claim of pilot slowdown

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 4:19 PM
NC judge mulls US Airways claim of pilot slowdown

A federal judge is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit by US Airways claiming its pilots are staging an illegal work slowdown.

Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways said in the lawsuit filed late last month that its pilots are deliberately delaying flights and that its busiest hub in Charlotte has been disproportionately affected. Federal law bars pilots from striking or engaging in labor slowdowns until a mediator declares talks are at an impasse.

Capt. Michael Cleary, president of the Charlotte-based US Airline Pilots Association, testified no slowdown is taking place. He said pilots had valid safety issues to delay recent flights at issue.

The union contends the airline is trying to intimidate the pilots into flying on time no matter the risk. The sides wrapped up their case Monday.

Judge Robert Conrad did not indicate when he would rule.