CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that its fleet service, passenger service, reservations and storekeeper workgroups at its United, Continental, Continental Micronesia and MileagePlus subsidiaries ratified new joint labor agreements.
"These agreements provide our co-workers with pay and benefit adjustments, while also giving United the flexibility to be more efficient as we provide great customer service," said Jon Roitman, senior vice president of airport operations and cargo. "The negotiating committees for United and the IAM worked together collaboratively to reach these agreements, and we look forward to working closely with the union to implement them."
The agreements run through 2016 and cover nearly 28,000 United employees.
"The National Mediation Board provided support throughout the negotiating process and I want to thank board member Linda Puchala and senior mediator Patricia Sims, along with mediators Michael Kelliher and Andrew Nordgren," said Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations. "We now have joint contracts for more than half of our represented employees, and we will work to continue our progress in negotiations with our other work groups."
Since merging with Continental, United has made significant progress in bringing together work groups. The company has reached combined agreements for pilots, passenger service, reservations, fleet service and stores employees, and separate agreements with flight attendants and technicians from its United, Continental and Continental Micronesia subsidiaries.
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