CONTRACT TALKS TO CONTINUE BETWEEN JAL AND US UNION

CONTRACT TALKS TO CONTINUE BETWEEN JAL AND US UNION

Contract negotiations are expected to continue this week between Japan Air Lines and its machinists in the United States.

The 200 unionized machinists, who will be free to strike Friday under provisions of the Railway Labor Act that covers airline labor relations, aren't expected to strike a spokesman said. Negotiations have been under way since December 1985, when the prior agreement was subject to amendment.Murray Gartner, JAL's New York attorney, declined to say whether the airline would impose a new settlement next week. He stressed that negotiations, under the auspices of the National Mediation Board, were scheduled for last Saturday.

JAL, however, has threatened to hire non-union workers to perform work done by the machinists. In response, the union has filed suit in federal district court in New York alleging that JAL hasn't bargained in good faith.

According to the union, JAL is seeking $4 million in concessions, over the life of the pact, from its baggage handlers and airline maintenance workers at

airports in Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

The last contract between JAL and its unionized baggage handlers and maintenance workers was arrived at with the help of a federal arbitrator.