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Airline Division News, Week Ending, August 13, 2016

UAL Mechanics, Company reach industry leading Agreement in Principal

On Friday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and United Airlines announced jointly today that they have reached an agreement in principle for a joint contract covering the company’s approximately 9,000 technicians and related employees.

The parties will complete final language soon and put the resulting tentative agreement out to vote by the technicians and related employees once the language has been finalized.

"This is a monumental day for our United members," said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. "I want to congratulate everyone involved for achieving this industry leading agreement in principle which will set a new standard upon ratification. This result would not have been possible without the dedication of Federal Mediator Gerry McGuckin, both negotiating committees and the involvement of CEO Oscar Munoz.”

“This is a great day for the entire United family. Each day we rely on our incredibly dedicated and professional technicians to keep us flying safely. I commend the negotiating teams from the Teamsters, United and the National Mediation Board for all of their effort to get us here, as well as the leadership of Capt. Bourne,” said Oscar Munoz, president and CEO of United. “Upon ratification, this will be the first time in almost a decade that all United work groups will have labor contracts in place.

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