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Judge Says United Must Give Hiring Preference to 500 Pilot Trainees

September 6, 1985

CHICAGO (AP) _ United Airlines must give its next 500 jobs to pilot trainees fired after they refused to cross picket lines during a 29-day strike this year, but it does not have to hire them immediately, a federal judge said.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas J. Bua, in a clarification of an Aug. 1 ruling, also said Thursday that 539 pilot replacements were properly hired during the strike and can keep their jobs.

More than 5,000 pilots walked off the job May 15 in a dispute over wages, and though they agreed May 24 to a two-tier wage schedule for five years, the strike continued over an impasse involving the rehiring of the 500 trainees.

Pilots went back to work following a June 14 agreement to allow a court to settle the back-to-work issues.

Bua said the airline has assured him the trainees all will have jobs by August 1986.

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