United and IAM Agree to Open Contract Negotiations Early, Further Expand Job Protection for Employees

United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) today agreed to commence contract negotiations more than one year ahead of the scheduled amendable date of their agreements. These negotiations, which cover nearly 30,000 United employees, are expected to proceed on an early and expedited basis.

“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 EVP 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.”

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 EVP and COO. “We are glad that our ongoing relationship with the IAM has produced meaningful benefits for United employees.”

United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented employees. The company and the IAM have executed 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 is also engaged in mediated negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants and has entered into discussions with its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, to consider an extension of their current collective agreement. Additionally, United recently announced an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to put a proposed joint collective bargaining agreement out for ratification by the company’s technicians and related employees.


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