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United Airlines Ruling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Judge Eugene Wedoff granted an emergency motion filed by United's machinists and flight attendants.

He ordered today that the Illinois based carrier's latest pension information filing be struck from the record.

The machinists and flight attendants say the 91 page filing
contains unsubstantiated factual claims in detailing how employees
would be affected if pension programs are ended.

The ruling doesn't derail United's controversial bid to shed its
pension obligations. But it underscores that eliminating them won't
be achieved without a legal battle.

In the filing, United said its pension plans are in far better
financial condition than previously estimated and that the effect
of terminating them would be less than initially feared.

United is the dominant carrier at Denver International Airport.
It's been restructuring under Chapter Eleven bankruptcy
protection since December 2002, which has entailed significant
cutbacks in labor and elsewhere.


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