United Air­lines union seeks strike ap­proval

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

NEW YORK: Main­te­nance work­ers at United Air­lines (UAL.N) over­whelm­ingly re­jected a new con­tract of­fer, their union said Tues­day, adding it would seek ap­proval from U.S. reg­u­la­tors to strike. More than 93 per­cent of me­chan­ics who voted on the of­fer de­cided against it, the In­ter­na­tional Broth­er­hood of Team­sters said in a state­ment. The union said it would pe­ti­tion the U.S. Na­tional Me­di­a­tion Board to re­lease it from me­di­ated talks, al­though it will face a num­ber of hur­dles be­fore work­ers can re­ceive the le­gal go-ahead for a walk­out. The U.S. agency did not im­me­di­ately re­turn re­quests for com­ment. The vote marked a set­back in United's years-long ef­fort to reach a joint deal with the tech­ni­cians. It has yet to con­clude a con­tract cov­er­ing main­te­nance work­ers from both United and Con­ti­nen­tal since the car­ri­ers merged in 2010. "At a time when United Air­lines is in­cred­i­bly prof­itable, it is clear that me­chan­ics de­serve a bet­ter of­fer from the com­pany," Team­sters Pres­i­dent Jim Hoffa said in the state­ment. Chicago-based United more than dou­bled its ad­justed fourthquar­ter profit from a year ago to $934 mil­lion. Its con­tract of­fer pro­vided for an im­me­di­ate 25 per­cent raise and bonus checks av­er­ag­ing $9,000, al­though the Team­sters ex­pressed con­cern re­gard­ing wages for in­com­ing me­chan­ics.

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