United, AFA reach agreement for flight attendants

United (NYSE: UAL) and the Association of Flight Attendants have reached an agreement on terms of a joint contract that would bring the airline´s 25,000+ flight attendants together into a single work group, the companies said.

The agreement is subject to approval by the Joint Master Executive Council, including all local presidents, after which it will become a tentative agreement and will be put out for ratification by flight attendants.

United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented employees and has reached new agreements with three work groups so far this year. Recently, the company´s employees who are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted to ratify new contracts. Earlier this year, United´s pilots voted to ratify a contract extension more than a year ahead of their contract´s amendable date, following an expedited negotiations process with the Air Line Pilots Association. The company´s dispatchers also voted recently to ratify a contract extension. Additionally, the airline is engaged in mediated negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.