30,000 Workers at United Airlines Approve Contracts

By Paul Riegler on 18 April 2016
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DSC_0011.client.1397312867.conflictUnited Airlines said Monday that employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify seven new contracts.

The agreements, which cover almost 30,000 workers in various parts of the company including customer service agents, baggage handlers, call center employees, and security officers, provides what both parties termed “meaningful improvements” in pay, job protection, and work rules.

Going forward, the Chicago-based airline will return or “insource” additional work at its Los Angeles and San Francisco hubs that were previously outsourced.

United has yet to reach an agreement with its flight attendants, however. Although United and Continental merged in 2010, flight attendants from both airlines continue to work separately, as if the two airlines had not merged, , due to the lack of a joint contract.

Last August, the union representing the airline’s flight attendants filed for federal mediation with the National Mediation Board seeking a unified contract.

“We remain laser focused on getting contracts like these for our flight attendants and technicians, and we’ll keep working closely with the unions to make that happen,” said the airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz.

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