United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists Reach
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2013
CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE:UAL) today announced that the company has reached tentative agreements
on new joint collective bargaining agreements with the International
Association of Machinists (IAM) for the fleet service, passenger service and
storekeeper workgroups at the United, Continental, Continental Micronesia and
MileagePlus subsidiaries. The agreements are subject to ratification by IAM
"I want to acknowledge the hard work of the negotiating committee members in
reaching these agreements. The agreements are an important part of working
together to build the world's leading airline," said Jon Roitman, senior vice
president of airport operations for United.
The agreements cover more than 28,000 United employees.
"We thank National Mediation Board member Linda Puchala and Senior Mediator
Patricia Sims for their direct involvement and assistance throughout the
mediation process," said Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human
resources and labor relations at United. "The NMB's effective training
program, combined with commitments for expedited negotiations, allowed us to
reach timely agreements. I also want to recognize the efforts of mediators
Michael Kelliher and Andy Nordgren, who helped set the framework for effective
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day
to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express
carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering
customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale
investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet
by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company
expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More
than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries
around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on
Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental
Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.
Contact: United Continental Holdings, Inc. Worldwide Media Relations,
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