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The union representing the remaining pilots at Pan American Airways has won a court order temporarily barring the carrier from shifting more work to a non-union airline and reducing pay rates, rules and working conditions. U.S. District Judge Joseph DiClerico Jr.’s order on Monday was in line with a recommendation by Magistrate James R. Muirhead, whose Sept. 17 opinion said a failure to issue the temporary injunction sought by the Airline Pilots Association International would cause “grave” harm to Pan Am’s 30 remaining pilots. Muirhead also said that a Pan Am lawyer had informed him the airline planned to close Oct. 31 with Boston-Maine Airways taking over its services. Pam Am lawyer John Nadolny declined to comment Thursday. Boston-Maine and Pan Am are both owned by Guilford Transportation Industries Inc. The union sued Guilford earlier this month, alleging the company had violated federal labor laws by firing union officers, ignoring the grievance process and trying to shift Pan Am operations to Boston-Maine, which does not have a union. Muirhead had recommended DiClerico restore pay rates and working conditions that were in effect for Pan Am’s flight crews on July 15, and order Pan Am to refrain from using Boston-Maine to fly aircraft traditionally operated by Pan Am. Pan Am, Guilford and Boston-Maine have until Oct. 7 to respond to Muirhead’s report, said Marcus Migliore, attorney for the union. Ultimately, a judge will decide the issue. Guilford bought Pan Am after the airline’s 1998 bankruptcy. Once a large international carrier, Pan Am now offers flights from Portsmouth to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Juan and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Boston-Maine Airways offers flights between Portsmouth and Trenton, N.J., Bedford, Mass., and Groton, Conn. For several years, the union charges, Guilford has laid off Pan Am employees and shut down routes or flights, while expanding Boston-Maine operations to take over routes previously flown by Pan Am. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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