CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( TheStreet) -- A federal judge is deciding whether US Airways's (LCC) pilots union committed an illegal job action by staging an ongoing safety slowdown, following a day and a half of testimony that ended Monday.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Conrad is deciding whether the U.S. Airline Pilots Association violated the Railway Labor Act, which prohibits job actions until parties reach the very end of the contract negotiating process. The airline sued the U.S. Airline Pilot Association in July, alleging that a safety slowdown a
As the case ended early Monday afternoon. Conrad said he would "take it under advisement at this time" and "get out a decision as soon as I can." He said both sides had presented their cases well.
A single piece of evidence illustrates the key issue which the judge must decide. Airline officials produced plastic bag tags that read "I'm on board, safety first" on one side and "I've had enough, I'm ready to strike" on the other. But the airline could not definitively establish any connection between the bag tags and the union.The principal witnesses Monday were
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