April 20, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
Chicago, IL – United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers have announced a contract settlement. IAM's 30,000 United employees have voted to ratify seven new contracts. The agreements include improvements in compensation, job protections, and work rules. With this IAM ratification, United will insource additional airport work adding union jobs to United.
"The professionalism and dedication of our IAM-represented employees is unsurpassed," said Oscar Munoz, the airline's president and chief executive officer. "These contracts recognize the important work they do each and every day for our customers and our operation. 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."
The ratified agreements are effective through 2021. They cover the company's airport employee's, contact center agents, storekeepers, maintenance instructors, central load planners, fleet technical instructors and security officers. United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented work groups. The airline is presently engaged in mediated negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.