Friday, March 19, 2004 | 9:48 a.m.
The examiner found no evidence that United "had a financial incentive to induce flight attendants to retire" before July 1, 2003, United said in a statement. Workers who retired before July 1 to keep their benefits intact said they were duped because the airline later announced it would seek benefit reductions.
But Sara Nelson Dela Cruz, a spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, said the examiner's report shows that United employees were misled.
"They bargained in bad faith," said Dela Cruz. "We will certainly challenge that these employees were dealt with fairly and equitably, which is a requirement of the bankruptcy code."