Good News For United

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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