United Airlines’ Mechanics Reject Final Offer, Vote to Strike

By Paul Riegler on 16 February 2016
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Mechanics who maintain aircraft at United Airlines overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike Tuesday, their union said.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters said that 93% of mechanics who voted rejected what was the airline’s final offer for a new joint collective bargaining agreement. and authorized a strike. There are more than 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit, the union said.

“The membership has spoken clearly. The final offer from United Airlines was soundly rejected today and the membership has authorized a strike because of the substandard proposition,” said Jim Hoffa, president of the union. “United needs to come back to the table and deliver an industry-leading contract for our hardworking mechanics.”

The union plans to ask the National Mediation Board for a release that will permit the strike to go forward.

The airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, said that management was “eager” to return to the bargaining table. “I will personally meet with our labor leaders to make sure we reach an agreement that will work for our technicians,” he said in a statement.

A major issue was United’s proposal to implement a two-tier or b-scale wage system for newly hired mechanics.

“The membership voted strongly against this substandard agreement. The idea of implementing B-Scale wages for incoming mechanics is unacceptable,” said Capt. David Bourne, director of the Teamsters Airline Division.

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