CHICAGO -- A federal judge Thursday lifted an order forbidding a work slowdown by United Airlines mechanics, brushing aside a company warning that the move would disrupt service.
U.S. District Judge William J. Hibbler said he revoked the temporary restraining order because it hadn't been effective and he didn't want it to affect federally mediated contract talks that resumed Thursday.
Attorneys for the Machinists union, which represents United ground crews, applauded Hibbler's order. United attorney Robert Siegel warned it "will send the wrong message."
The union's contract with United expired in July.
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