CHICAGO, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE : UAL ) today announced that the company has reached tentative agreements on new joint collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) for the fleet service, passenger service and storekeeper workgroups at the United, Continental, Continental Micronesia and MileagePlus subsidiaries. The agreements are subject to ratification by IAM members.
"I want to acknowledge the hard work of the negotiating committee members in reaching these agreements. The agreements are an important part of working together to build the world's leading airline," said Jon Roitman, senior vice president of airport operations for United.
The agreements cover more than 28,000 United employees.
"We thank National Mediation Board member Linda Puchala and Senior Mediator Patricia Sims for their direct involvement and assistance throughout the mediation process," said Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations at United. "The NMB's effective training program, combined with commitments for expedited negotiations, allowed us to reach timely agreements. I also want to recognize the efforts of mediators Michael Kelliher and Andy Nordgren, who helped set the framework for effective dialogue."
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,472 flights a day to 381 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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