United, Continental MECs Send Tentative Agreement to Pilots for Ratification Vote

 United, Continental MECs Send Tentative Agreement to Pilots for Ratification

PR Newswire

CHICAGO and HOUSTON, Nov. 12, 2012

CHICAGO and HOUSTON, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Master Executive
Councils of the Continental and United pilots, represented by the Air Line
Pilots Association International, today voted to accept a tentative agreement
on a joint collective bargaining agreement reached with United Continental
Holdings, Inc. The agreement now goes before the pilots for a ratification

Captain Jay Heppner, Chairman of the United Master Executive Council and
Captain Jay Pierce, Chairman of the Continental Master Executive Council, said
the following in a joint statement:

"With this step, we are closer to a new contract that will provide gains in
compensation, work rules, job protections, and retirement and benefits for our
pilots and their families. We will finally begin to see the benefits of the
merger that were promised to us, and an end to the concessionary and
bankruptcy-era contracts we have lived and worked under for more than a

"This agreement represents years of determination and unity demonstrated by
the pilots of both airlines during the two-and-a-half years of negotiations
for a new contract following the merger announcement. Pilots from both United
and Continental Airlines will now determine whether this agreement addresses
their contributions to the success of the airline.

"This step is also good news for our passengers and United employees. Once
there is pilot approval of a contract, the operations of the two airlines can
finally begin to be integrated. We can begin to deliver on the promise of the
world's best airline."

Integration of seniority lists for the two pilots groups will occur after
ratification of the tentative agreement. The process is independent of airline
management and involves negotiations between the two pilot groups. Absent an
agreement, binding arbitration will be used to settle any remaining
differences. The process follows a predefined timeline following contract
ratification that was agreed upon by the two pilot groups shortly after the
merger was announced.

The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the largest airline
pilot union in the world and represents more than 51,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and
Canadian airlines, including more than 12,000 United Continental Holdings,
Inc. pilots.

SOURCE United Master Executive Council; Continental Master Executive Council

Contact: Dave Kelly, United Master Executive Council, +1-708-704-5648,
david.kelly@alpa.org, Amy Flanagan, Continental Master Executive Council,
+1-281-798-8713, amy.flanagan@alpa.org
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