United Airlines Labor Talks

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United Airlines and its machinists' union say they've reached "an agreement in principle" that heads off the need for a bankruptcy judge's ruling -- which could've led to a strike.

The agreement comes just hours after United's mechanics ratified a new five-year contract.

Officials from United and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers disclosed the deal shortly before Judge Eugene Wedoff was set to rule on the carrier's request to break the union's present contract.

Wedoff is giving the two sides until June 17th to work out remaining details and present a formal contract agreement.

United has about six-thousand employees in Colorado, and is the dominant carrier at Denver International Airport.