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Federal Judge Sets Hearing In Lawsuit Against Spirit AeroSystems

A federal judge will hear arguments next month on whether to block Spirit AeroSystems from selling off its fabrication operations or laying off workers.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree set an Oct. 8th hearing in Topeka over a lawsuit the Machinists union's filed against Spirit.

The suit says the Machinists gave up the right to strike and accepted pay cuts and smaller wage increases in a 10-year contract negotiated in 2010. It says that in exchange, Spirit agreed to maintain major manufacturing operations in Wichita.

The union says the potential outsourcing would violate its labor contract and cost 1,400 jobs.

Spirit says the grievances filed by the union are premature and provide no basis for an injunction.