Pilots: Negotiations updates

January 2016

  • January 22, 2016

    United announced today that the company’s pilots have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a two-year contract extension. The agreement provides significant improvements for our pilots and an extended period of stability for the company and the pilots. “This extension provides further...
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November 2015

  • November 20, 2015

    United today announced that it has reached an Agreement in Principle with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) for a contract extension covering the airline’s more than 12,000 pilots, more than a year ahead of the amendable date of the...
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February 2015

  • February 12, 2015

    While the amendable date for the United Pilot Agreement (UPA) is not until January 31, 2017, the UPA is a constantly evolving agreement as the Company and ALPA negotiate modifications and adopt joint interpretations of its provisions. In 2014 alone,...
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September 2013

  • September 5, 2013

    United Airlines announced that it will recall nearly 600 pilots currently on furlough to address the airline’s future staffing needs. No United pilots will remain on furlough following the recall....
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  • September 4, 2013

    ALPA presented United with an integrated seniority list, which the company has accepted. The list brings together United’s more than 12,000 pilots to form one pilot group....
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July 2013

  • July 29, 2013

    The Company and ALPA recently negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding in which the Company committed to open a jointly-staffed 737 base in SFO in anticipation of new 737 deliveries in the coming months. To facilitate pilot staffing of the new...
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May 2013

  • May 28, 2013

    Upon ratification of the joint collective bargaining agreement (the “United Pilot Agreement” or “UPA”) in December 2012, United and the Air Line Pilots Association formed a Joint Implementation Team (JIT), which has met, and continues to meet, on a weekly...
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December 2012

  • December 15, 2012

    Today, United pilots ratified a new joint labor agreement. United Pilot Agreement...
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November 2012

  • November 13, 2012

    Today, the ALPA Master Executive Councils representing United and Continental pilots informed United that they approved the tentative agreement between the company and ALPA. The tentative agreement will now be subject to ratification by the pilots....
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September 2012

  • September 20, 2012

    The Company and ALPA continue to draft contract language to finalize documentation of the Agreement in Principle reached on Aug. 2, 2012. While issues have surfaced during this critical drafting phase, the parties, with the ongoing assistance of the National...
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August 2012

  • August 28, 2012

    The Company and ALPA have been drafting contract language to finalize documentation of the Agreement in Principle reached on August 2, 2012. While issues have surfaced during this critical drafting phase, the parties are dealing with them expeditiously and are...
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  • August 3, 2012

    Today, United and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) announced that they reached an Agreement in Principle on a new Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement. United’s press release is below. UNITED AIRLINES AND THE AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION REACH AGREEMENT IN...
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July 2012

  • July 27, 2012

    The two parties met in Washington D.C. this week and made progress on a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement. The parties will reconvene in Washington next week to continue discussions. The status quo remains in place....
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  • July 2, 2012

    This morning Fred Abbott, senior vice president of Flight Operations sent the following letter to United pilots. Letter from Fred...
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June 2012

  • June 30, 2012

    The two parties met in New York this week and made progress on a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are still issues that remain to be resolved. The chairman of the National Mediation Board has scheduled a status conference with...
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  • June 15, 2012

    Negotiations with our pilot co-workers supervised by the National Mediation Board and its mediators took place as scheduled June 4 through June 15. The discussions were productive and the parties continue to make progress on the remaining key issues which...
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  • June 10, 2012

    Earlier this week we sent letters to the leadership of the United and Continental ALPA MECs in response to ongoing communications they have distributed to United pilots. We believe these communications inappropriately put the Company at risk of pilot action...
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  • June 1, 2012

    Negotiations took place in Chicago this week under the auspices of the National Mediation Board member Senior Mediator Patricia Sims. Small groups met to discuss open items in the following areas of the agreement: Flight Instructor section has been completed,...
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May 2012

  • May 25, 2012

    Negotiations continued in Chicago this week with good progress reported by the Committees. Pilot Instructors and Training both neared completion this week. Safety, Compensation (not rates), and Miscellaneous small groups all reported very good progress. Retirement and Insurance continued to...
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  • May 21, 2012

    Today, Jeff Smisek sent the following letter to all United pilots: Jeff's letter to pilots...
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  • May 21, 2012

    The following is the text of an email from Senior Mediator Patricia Sims summarizing the upcoming negotiation schedule with the parties to the ALPA negotiations: From: Sims, Patricia Sent: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:39 PM To: Cc: Subject: Upcoming schedule...
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  • May 18, 2012

    Negotiations using the small group format continued this week under the auspices of the National Mediation Board. The six small groups that met this week were Scheduling, Hotel, Crew Rest, Retirement & Insurance, Pilot Instructors and Miscellaneous. Late Thursday, the...
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  • May 13, 2012

    Negotiations with ALPA continue to make progress and, as previously reported, meeting dates have been scheduled through mid-June. ALPA is mischaracterizing the mid-June timeframe as the end of negotiations, which is a deadline of their own making. The unilateral timeline...
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  • May 3, 2012

    The Negotiating Committees met in Chicago this week using the increased work week recently agreed upon. Negotiations took place under the guidance of NMB Mediator Gerry McGuckin. EVP Mike Bonds, SVP Doug McKeen and ALPA MEC Chairmen Captain Jay Pierce...
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  • May 1, 2012

    Yesterday, April 30, 2012, the Company learned through a press release that United MEC Chairman Captain Jay Heppner intends to direct the ALPA President to formally submit the paperwork to the National Mediation Board (“NMB”) seeking release from mediation. Notwithstanding...
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April 2012

  • April 27, 2012

    The Negotiating Committees met again in Chicago this week under the guidance of NMB Mediators Pat Sims and Gerry McGuckin. EVP Mike Bonds, SVP Doug McKeen and Captain Jay Heppner Captain Mark Adams attended the talks this week. The group...
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  • April 23, 2012

    The Negotiating Committees met Tuesday and Wednesday last week in Chicago. The Association's negotiators were unavailable on Monday and Thursday. The small group structure that has been used for the past month with good results was continued this week. The...
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  • April 13, 2012

    The Negotiating Committees met in Chicago this week under the guidance of NMB Mediators Patricia Sims and Gerry McGuckin. The Committees continued with the small group approach and continued to make good progress in the Scheduling and Retirement & Insurance...
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March 2012

  • March 28, 2012

    Negotiations took place in Chicago this week. Subject matter experts met to discuss various crew rest issues and the Committee Chairs also discussed an approach to address many of the remaining open items in the non-scheduling sections. Negotiations will continue...
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  • March 15, 2012

    The Company reached an agreement in principle with ALPA on Section 13: Sick Leave. Section Proposal lastsubmitted by Agreement in Principle 1Recognition, Scope and Career SecurityALPA-12/15/2010 2Definitions 3CompensationALPA-12/15/2010 4Expenses, Lodging, and TransportationCompany-5/12/2011 5Hours of ServiceALPA-5/12/2011 6SeniorityCompany-3/5/2011✓ 7Reduction In PersonnelCompany-8/10/2010✓ 8Filling...
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  • March 14, 2012

    The committees continued negotiations in Baltimore this week under the guidance of Mediator Gerry McGuckin. Subject matter experts continued to narrow issues with the reserve system and crew rest. Negotiations will take a one week break to accommodate separately scheduled...
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  • March 8, 2012

    The Negotiating Committees met in Baltimore again this week under the guidance of Mediator Gerry McGuckin and Senior Mediator Pat Sims. Subject matter experts continued to work on the remaining reserve system issues. Another group of subject matter experts began...
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February 2012

  • February 28, 2012

    In separate meetings on Monday, February 27, the CAL ALPA and UA ALPA MECs both ratified a letter of agreement containing several modifications to the Transition and Process Agreement....
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  • February 27, 2012

    Negotiations were held again in Denver and the Committees agreed to break the three Scheduling sections (5, 20 & 22) into groups of topics in an attempt to make it easier to narrow the open issues. Subject matter experts then...
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  • February 16, 2012

    ALPA presented a comprehensive Scheduling proposal covering Sections 5, 20 and 22 on Wednesday evening in Denver. Subject matter experts met and discussed different aspects of the proposal on Thursday. Additional discussions will be held next week in Denver as...
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  • February 10, 2012

    The Negotiating Committees worked separately on Scheduling and other open issues this week. Discussions were held regarding possible modifications to the Transition and Process Agreement. The Negotiating Committees are scheduled to meet next week in Denver where it is anticipated...
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  • February 2, 2012

    The Negotiating teams worked internally in Denver this week. ALPA continues to work on a response to the Company’s comprehensive Scheduling proposal. The Negotiating team returns to Denver again next week....
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January 2012

  • January 20, 2012

    The Company met with ALPA in Denver this week and passed a comprehensive pilot scheduling proposal to ALPA on Wednesday. Negotiations are scheduled to resume in Denver the week of January 30....
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  • January 13, 2012

    The Company is working with its subject matter experts to review its Scheduling-related proposals in light of the recent release of the new federal flight and duty time regulations. Direct negotiations are set to resume next week in Denver. The...
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December 2011

  • December 31, 2011

    Unsuccessful Negotiations to Extend the Transition and Process Agreement for Pilots; CO Pilots to Participate in Profit Sharing for 2011 When United and Continental announced their merger in May of 2010, the Company and the union leadership representing Continental and...
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  • December 28, 2011

    The Company and ALPA continue to meet under the auspices of the National Mediation Board. On November 17 the Company passed its latest proposal for Section 9 - Training. Throughout the month of December, subject matter experts from both parties...
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November 2011

  • November 9, 2011

    Meetings between the Company and the ALPA under the auspices of the National Mediation Board continued in Boston as both groups worked to find solutions to disagreements within the scheduling sections of the contract. ALPA is formulating a proposal from...
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October 2011

  • October 14, 2011

    For the week ending October 7, 2011, the Company met with ALPA under the auspices of National Mediation Board representative Gerry McGuckin. We continued to discuss scheduling-related issues in Sections 5, 20 and 22 in an effort to find a...
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September 2011

  • September 22, 2011

    Recently, ALPA distributed a communication mischaracterizing management’s motivation in proposing to ALPA’s leadership an alternative process for concluding joint contract negotiations promptly. While the Company’s motivation for the proposal should be obvious, as the proposal was a creative means to...
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August 2011

  • August 19, 2011

    After taking a one-week break at ALPA’s request, negotiations resumed in Boston on August 8. National Mediation Board (NMB) mediator Gerry McGuckin attended talks the week of August 8-10. The parties continued to pass proposals on Expenses, Sick Leave and...
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  • August 1, 2011

    Negotiations with ALPA continued July 19-20 in Boston with National Mediation Board (NMB) mediator Gerry McGuckin in attendance. The Company passed a proposal on Vacations. ALPA passed proposals on Training, Sick Leave, Workers Compensation and General. ALPA also responded to...
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July 2011

  • July 15, 2011

    This week the Company made proposals to ALPA on Sick Leave, Worker’s Compensation, Letters of Agreement, and a memorandum of understanding on Fatigue Risk Management. No proposals were received from ALPA this week. Financial advisors continued the common valuation discussion...
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  • July 14, 2011

    United pilots offered positions at Continental. United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) today announced that it will offer approximately 100 to 200 positions to pilots currently on furlough from its United subsidiary to fly aircraft for its Continental subsidiary. The...
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  • July 1, 2011

    The Company and ALPA met again this week in Boston. The Company made proposals on the Training, Pilot Instructors (new section), Sick Leave, Workers Compensation and General sections of the contract, while the union made proposals on Vacancies and Vacations....
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June 2011

  • June 24, 2011

    The pilots of United and Continental want a prompt and fair agreement, and we’re working together toward that goal. In July 2010, United and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) signed a “Transition and Process” agreement providing protections for pilots...
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