Pilots Sue United Over Training Tied To Merger
DAVID GREENE, host: NPR's business news starts with pilots at United suing the airlines.
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GREENE: United Airlines pilots are suing their company to try and block new training procedures associated with United's merger with Continental. The airline needs to achieve a certain level of training in order to win clearance from federal aviation authorities to complete the merger. The pilots say they're concerned about the level of training, saying it's too rushed. Their union has gone to a federal court in New York to ask for an injunction and to postpone the training and new rules for how to fly.
Now, the company says the procedures are adequate. They blasted the pilots' suit as a shameful effort to influence negotiations over a new contract.
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