November 10, 2015
By Bob Levine, LaborPress USA
Chicago Ill. – United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have agreed to begin contract negotiations more than one year ahead of the scheduled date of their agreements.
The negotiationscover nearly 30,000 United employees. Contract talks around key issues will proceed in a timetable tha will allow for an agreement well before the expiration of the present contract."Working together with the IAM, United is moving forward to deliver industry-leading contracts for our IAM-represented employees well ahead of the normal bargaining schedule," said Mike Bonds, United's executive vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations. "This is one of several positive steps we've taken recently to demonstrate our firm commitment to our people."United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented employees.
The company and IAM have completed seven joint collective agreements in the past few years for the airline's ramp service and passenger service agents, storekeepers, load planners, maintenance and fleet technical instructors, and other groups. United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 352 airports across six continents. As part of this agreement, United has extended through January 15, 2019, its commitment not to contract out work currently performed by the IAM-represented group at all hub and station airport locations."Our employees have told us that timely contracts and job protections are important to them, and this announcement is a win-win for the company, the union and our employees," said Greg Hart, United executive vice president and chief operations officer. "We are glad that our ongoing relationship with the IAM has produced meaningful benefits for United employees."
Tags: AFLCIO, IAM, United Airlines