Things are looking up for United Airlines -- just days after it reported a huge first-quarter loss, and angered current and former employees by cutting pensions.
The dominant airline at Denver International Airport says its ramp workers' and mechanics' unions have intensified contract talks -- hoping to settle their differences with the carrier before a bankruptcy court judge does it for them.
United wants to replace labor contracts with lower-cost versions, without union consent. But a decision in United's favor could prompt a strike that analysts say might doom the carrier.
United has six-thousand employees in Denver.
Machinists' union officials say recent progress could bring an agreement before next week's conclusion of a Chicago court hearing.