April 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The International Association of Machinists announced Apr. 4 that it has reached seven tentative contract agreements with United Airlines for the 30,000 workers it represents there.
The five-year pacts will cover airport operations employees, contact center agents, storekeepers, maintenance instructors, central load planners, fleet technical instructors and related employees, and security officers. The IAM said the contracts, which will run through 2021, will give workers pay increases totaling about 30% and $100 million in lump-sum payments. They will also raise defined-benefit pension benefits by 25% and stop the outsourcing of work currently performed by union members. United, which has had tense relations with its workers since it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010, made getting a new contract a priority after new executives took over last fall, and the Machinists agreed renegotiate contracts that would have expired on Dec. 31. Members will vote on ratifying the agreements on April 15. Read more