United Airlines Maintenance Workers Reject Latest Contract Proposal
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After rejecting a new contract offer Tuesday, United Airlines maintenance workers are now seeking approval from United States regulators to strike.
According to Reuters.com, the United Airlines maintenance workers union announced that 93 percent of voters didn’t approve the latest contract proposal, a setback for the discussions between the two sides that have endured for several years. Since United and Continental merged in 2010, the company has been unable to agree on a contract with its maintenance workers.
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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced its plans to file a petition with the U.S. National Mediation Board to release it from mediation. The maintenance workers would still need to gain legal clearance before going on strike, though.
While the National Mediation Board does not have to accept the union’s request, United and the Teamsters would have 30 days to reach a deal if the request is approved. If the two sides still can’t reach an agreement, the United States government can step in to prevent disruptions to passengers and interstate commerce.
Reuters is reporting the contract offer from United Airlines to its maintenance workers included a 25 percent raise and bonus checks averaging $9,000, but the union still had concerns about how the new mechanics being hired would be reimbursed.
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Teamsters president Jim Hoffa released a statement, saying, “At a time when United Airlines is incredibly profitable, it is clear that mechanics deserve a better offer from the company.”
United Continental Holdings, Inc. chief executive Oscar Munoz also released a statement, saying, “Although we are disappointed by this outcome, we are eager to get right back to the table.”
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