June 19, 2014
By Neal Tepel
Chicago, Ill – United Airlines has announced that dispatchers, represented by the Professional Airline Flight Control Association (PAFCA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), ratified a new joint labor agreement for all United Airlines dispatchers. The agreement covers more than 330 United dispatchers.
"The ratification of this agreement is significant for our dispatchers and the company," said Tracy Lee, United's vice president of network operations. "We look forward to the teamwork benefits we will achieve as our dispatchers become one group."
"I want to thank both negotiating teams and the National Mediation Board for their efforts in reaching this agreement that provides improvements for our dispatchers and makes United a more competitive company," said Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations. "We are looking forward to working with our mechanics and flight attendants to reach joint agreements to become a fully combined workforce."
United has achieved joint collective bargaining agreements with a majority of the company's represented work force, including pilots, fleet service, passenger service, reservations and storekeeper workgroups. The company is starting an expedited negotiations process with the Association of Flight Attendants and expects to enter back into negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing United's technicians.