United Airlines Reaches Historic Agreement with Pilots Union
Exciting news from United Airlines as a tentative agreement has been struck with the union representing its pilots. This groundbreaking deal includes a remarkable 40% pay hike, along with significant improvements in quality of life, vacation, and other benefits, as stated by the Air Line Pilots Association.
The negotiation process was no easy feat, taking a whopping five years to reach this milestone. In fact, it came 1,627 days past the amendable date of the last contract with the 16,000 United pilots represented by the ALPA. Such dedication and perseverance from the United pilots played a crucial role in achieving this historic agreement, as acknowledged by Capt. Garth Thompson, chair of the United ALPA Master Executive Council.
“We promised our world-class pilots the industry-leading contract they deserve, and we’re pleased to have reached an agreement with ALPA on it,” expressed United CEO Scott Kirby. “The four-year agreement, once ratified, will deliver a meaningful pay raise and quality of life improvements for our pilots while putting the airline on track to achieve the incredible potential of our United Next strategy.”
It’s worth noting that United Airlines faced some challenges recently, including the cancellation of 3,000 flights the week before the Fourth of July weekend. At the time, severe weather was blamed for the disruptions by Kirby.
United Airlines has also made headlines for being one of the first companies to require proof of vaccination for its U.S.-based employees. Out of their 67,000 employees, 2,200 applied for religious or medical exemptions. However, the company eventually dropped its vaccine mandate in March 2022.
The finalization of this agreement is expected to take a few weeks, but the positive impact it will have on United pilots and the airline as a whole is truly remarkable.
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