United Airlines Mechanics to Picket Friday at Airports Across the Country
On the heels of a strike vote earlier in the month, mechanics who maintain aircraft at United Airlines will picket on Friday at airports around the country to call attention to their rejection of what was the airline’s final offer for a new joint collective bargaining agreement.
The airline’s mechanics, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, will picket at multiple airports including George Bush Intercontinental, La Guardia, Los Angeles International, Newark Liberty, and San Francisco International.
There are over 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit, the union said, and 93% of those voted against accepting United’s final offer.
Picketing is slated to begin at various times on Friday.
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, last week.
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 last week.
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