(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers and received via electronic mail. The release
was confirmed by the sender.)
Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Agreements for 32,500 at
Washington D.C., February 13, 2013 - Less than a year after
resolving all representational disputes at the airline formed by
a merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia
airlines, the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced three tentative
agreements for 32,500 employees in the Ramp/Fleet Service,
Public Contact/Reservations and Stock Clerk/Stores
classifications at the world’s largest airline.
Negotiations for 1,500 IAM-represented employees in the Fleet
Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor, Food Service
Employee and Security Officer classifications are continuing.
“These landmark agreements provide retroactive wage increases,
signing bonuses, traditional pension increases plus a 401(k)
match, improved job security and additional affordable
healthcare options,” said IAM District 141 President Rich
Delaney. “The IAM negotiating committee is unanimously
recommending ratification of each of the tentative agreements.”
Full details of the tentative agreements will be provided to
members and informational meetings will be held prior to
ratification voting, which will be conducted by mail. Additional
details regarding voting and a schedule of informational
meetings will be posted at www.iam141.org.
While negotiations for IAM members at United began in 2009, the
process was stalled pending the outcome of representation
disputes following the carrier’s 2010 merger with Continental
Airlines and Continental Micronesia. Representatives from
Continental and Continental Micronesia work groups were added to
the IAM’s negotiating committees following the IAM’s successful
campaigns to represent the combined groups of employees.
“IAM negotiators blended multiple contracts and policies from
three different airlines covering several classifications,” said
IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “No other union has
ever had to deal with such a tremendous undertaking in a single
round of negotiations. The IAM negotiating committee did an
excellent job in unprecedented circumstances.”
Representing more than 100,000 airline workers, the IAM is the
world’s largest airline union, and is the largest union at
United Airlines. More information about the IAM at United
Airlines is available at www.iam141.org.
James Carlson, IAMAW
301 967 4554 (office)
202 500 3916 (cell)
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