Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Agreements for 32,500 at United Airlines

  Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Agreements for 32,500 at United Airlines

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- 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 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

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.

“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


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