United, IBT meet with NMB in Washington, D.C.

United and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters met with the National Mediation Board on Thursday to discuss next steps toward reaching a joint contract for the airline’s technicians. Both parties expressed a desire to continue in mediated negotiations and discussed steps deemed necessary by the Board and the IBT to move forward.

First, the IBT will conduct informational meetings with Technicians. Next, the IBT will poll the membership to better understand the priorities of the membership in a joint agreement. Based on the input, the IBT negotiating committee will prepare its proposed modifications and present the proposed modifications along with valuation of the proposals to the NMB. Once these steps are concluded, the NMB will hold a status conference with the parties no later than the week of May 16 to assess the status and establish dates for mediation.

While the parties each expressed an interest in moving forward quickly, with the company offering to commence discussions immediately, the NMB established the timeline based on steps planned by the IBT. The Board acknowledged that scheduling future mediation dates is a priority for both parties.

"We will work diligently in negotiations until we’ve reached an industry leading contract for our technicians," said SVP Labor Relations Doug McKeen. "Our goal is to reach an agreement as quickly as possible with the assistance of the NMB."

"We will work diligently in negotiations until we’ve reached an industry leading contract for our technicians," said SVP Labor Relations Doug McKeen. "Our goal is to reach an agreement as quickly as possible with the assistance of the NMB."

Separately, United President and CEO Oscar Munoz has invited union leaders to join him in Chicago at a labor summit on March 14.


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