United pas­sen­ger-ser­vice work­ers vote for union

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

CHICAGO | Pas­sen­ger-ser­vice work­ers at United Air­lines have voted to stay in a union.

Al­most 17,000 reser­va­tions work­ers and gate agents voted Wed­nes­day to be in the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ma­chin­ists and Aero­space Work­ers.

Roughly half of the work­ers came from the old United Air­lines. The other half came from Con­ti­nen­tal Air­lines, which merged with United in 2010 to form United Con­ti­nen­tal Hold­ings Inc.

At United, the work­ers were al­ready in the union. Those who came from Con­ti­nen­tal had no union.

But the new air­line does not yet have joint con­tracts cov­er­ing any of the com­bined work groups.

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