The judge in the case wrote that the strike caused the cancellation of at least 26 flights for at least four customers carrying some 1.25 million pounds of cargo.
“The court finds that there is no way to calculate the loss of customer goodwill and damage to reputation and that the plaintiff (ABX Air) will suffer irreparable harm as a result,” wrote U.S. District Judge Timothy Black.
On Wednesday evening, Black granted ABX Air a temporary restraining order, ending the strike.
“The public expects that purchases and shipments will be delivered in a timely fashion,” Black wrote. “Accordingly, there is a significant public interest in enjoining defendants’ strike. Absent an injunction, ABX, its customers, and the public will suffer immediate, irreparable harm.”
Added the judge: “Imagine Christmas without Amazon!”
Online sales from Thursday to “Cyber Monday” were expected to hit about $12.7 billion, according to some reports Monday.
Talks on the issue will continue, Hete said.
The CEO said the company and the union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, are “always” talking.
Asked if the grievance process has begun, Hete said: “Grievances were filed by the union but that will take some time.”
Representatives of the Teamsters did not respond to messages seeking comment.