October 29, 2013
IAM members ratify contracts at United Airlines
After more than four years of negotiations, a merger of three airlines and numerous representation elections, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced members at United Airlines ratified agreements covering approximately 30,000 fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees. With over 65% participation, each contract was approved by more than 70% of voting members. The agreements run through 2016 and provide immediate wage increases ranging from 7-29%, and from 19-56% over the term of the agreements. The accords also preserve and improve both defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, provide 96% of the workforce protection from outsourcing, maintain affordable health insurance options and increases vacation time, among other enhancements.