United Airlines Mechanics Vote to Ratify Contract

By Paul Riegler on 5 December 2016
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United CEO Oscar Munoz at the Polaris launch

United CEO Oscar Munoz at the Polaris launch

United Airlines and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced that the airline’s 9,000 mechanics had voted in favor of the tentative agreement that was reached in August.

The ratification of the six-year agreement followed three years of negotiations between the union and the airline. The new contract provides a collective $1.7 billion in improvements in compensation and benefits over the current agreement, the union said.

“This contract represents the largest contract for a mechanics group in airline industry history,” said Captain David Bourne, who heads up the Teamsters Airline Division.

The vote to approve the contract means it will be the first time in many years that the Chicago-based airline will have labor contracts in place with all workgroups.

“Today’s successful vote is a milestone that marks the beginning of a new, exciting journey for this airline,” said the airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, in a statement.

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