United Airlines 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. 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.