December 11, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Chicago, IL – The more than 9,000 mechanics at United Continental Airlines have ratified a six-year contract that will raise their pay by more than one-third, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Dec. 5.
The deal will increase wages by an average of 36.5%, including an immediate 28% raise for experienced mechanics, and does not include the “B-scale” tier of lower wages and benefits for future hires that was contained in a proposal the mechanics rejected in February. “This contract represents the largest contract for a mechanics group in airline industry history,” said Capt. David Bourne, director of the Teamsters’ airline division. “It is a package worth a collective $1.7 billion in improvements in compensation and benefits over the current agreement.” The mechanics are the last union to sign a contract since United and Continental merged in 2010. Since workers from the two airlines are no longer covered by separate agreements, the company will now be able to have mechanics from both do work on the same plane. Read more