Eastern Airlines has boosted its strike-depleted daily schedule to more than 100 flights and imposed wage cuts more severe than its proposals that prompted its machinists to strike 11 days ago Tuesday.
Workers at other airlines, meanwhile, were free to honor pickets by Eastern strikers as a temporary injunction expired Tuesday, but a spokesman for the machinists union said he knew of no plans to do so.Five airlines - Northwest, United, USAir, Piedmont and TWA - had sought an extension of the injunction against secondary pickets, the union said.
Eastern, which filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors last week, said it planned to ask the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to appoint an examiner to review transactions between Eastern and parent Texas Air Corp., which also owns Continental Airlines.
Union officials have charged that Texas Air has purchased Eastern assets at unreasonably low prices since the strike, which Eastern has denied.
An attorney for the airline also said Eastern would seek court approval this week for the $365 million sale of its Northeast shuttle to developer Donald Trump.
Representatives of Eastern's pilots and machinists unions said they would challenge the deal. A machinists official also said the union was working on its own bankruptcy reorganization plan, which could include a buyout of Eastern. The machinists also have petitioned the court for $5 million in back pay.
With service restored between Miami and New York; Montreal and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eastern reported 104 domestic and Latin American flights Monday. That was up from 75 on Sunday and was its highest total since the strike by 8,500 blue collar workers began.
The airline also announced plans to resume 14 daily shuttle flights between Boston and Washington on Thursday, three days later than it had intended, said spokesman Jim Ashlock.
A federal judge plans to issue an injunction barring railway workers from honoring picket lines set up by striking Eastern Airlines machinists, court papers revealed Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson, citing irreparable harm such a job action could cause travelers, signed the decision late Monday extending a temporary restraining order barring machinists from picketing at the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North and New Jersey Transit commuter lines and Amtrak.