United and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) reached tentative agreements today on new contracts for all of the airline´s nearly 30,000 IAM-represented employees.
The seven agreements cover airport operations employees, contact center agents, storekeepers, maintenance instructors, central load planners, fleet technical instructors and related employees, and security officers who are represented by IAM.
The parties reached these agreements following just four months of negotiations and are between nine months and two and a half years in advance of the current contracts´ amendable dates. Each tentative agreement would be effective through 2021 and is now subject to ratification by the company´s IAM-represented employees.
United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented work groups. Recently, 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 Association of Flight Attendants and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.