United Airlines Reaches Deal with Machinists Union Covering 30,000 Employees

By Paul Riegler on 4 April 2016
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DSC_0283 (1)United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers announced multiple tentative agreements covering 30,000 employees at the airline.

The seven new agreements cover employees in various parts of the company including customer service agents, baggage handlers, call center employees, and security officers.

The contracts, which run through 2021, give the employees a 30% increase in pay over the term of the agreement and $100 million in lump sum payments. The accord also includes a 25% hike in defined-benefit pension benefits, calls for the company to stop outsourcing work currently performed by union members, and provides for more work to be insourced to employees.“As I visit our airport locations I’m always impressed with the passion and professionalism of our IAM-represented team,” said Oscar Munoz, the airline’s CEO, in statement. “They take great care of our customers and each other every day, and we are excited to reach this agreement.”

United is still in negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. At the start of the year, the airline’s pilots approved a two-year extension of their current agreement, which now runs through 2019.

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