United, IAM to open contract negotiations early

United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) said they have 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.

As part of this agreement, United has extended through Jan. 15, 2019, its commitment not to contract out work currently performed by the IAM-represented group at all hub and station airport locations.

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 Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 352 airports across six continents. Approximately 84,000 United employees reside in every US state and in countries around the world.