CHICAGO, Dec. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), ratified a new joint labor agreement for all United Airlines pilots.
"The ratification of this agreement is an important step forward for our pilots and the company," said Fred Abbott, senior vice president of flight operations. "We look forward to the efficiencies and teamwork we will achieve as our pilots become one group once they complete their seniority integration."
The agreement runs through December 2016 and covers nearly 10,000 United pilots.
"I want to thank both negotiating teams and the National Mediation Board for their efforts in reaching this agreement that provides both improvements for our pilots and increased competitiveness for United," said Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations. "We are making good progress working together with our remaining employee groups to reach joint agreements to become a fully combined workforce."
Since merging with Continental, United has made significant progress in bringing together work groups. The company has reached several agreements including a combined agreement for pilots, agreements with flight attendants from the United, Continental and CMI subsidiaries; and agreements with technicians from the United, Continental and CMI subsidiaries.
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