United Airlines pilots vote against new contract offer


United Airlines pilots overwhelmingly voted against a tentative contract, the union representing the workers said on Tuesday, saying the proposal fell short of what members were seeking.

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said 94% of the nearly 10,000 pilots voted to reject the contract offer and said pilots would immediately begin a series of pickets.

The tentative agreement, announced in June, offered more than 14.5% cumulative pay increases and enhanced overtime and training pay. However, some pilots were not happy with the deal, prompting the union to renegotiate its terms.

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But the talks failed to produce a new deal, a spokesperson for United's pilots union said.

"Unfortunately, management has now taken a wait-and-see approach to negotiations instead of leading the industry forward," the union said in a statement.

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United said the outcome was expected, but added that the company was already working with ALPA on a "new, industry-leading agreement" that would include improved pay rates and other enhancements.

Its shares closed down about 1% at $42.66.

Pilots at Delta Air Lines on Monday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike authorization vote.


Source: Reuters

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