United and the IAM agree to expedite contract talks

United Airlines (Chicago) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Have announced an agreement to enter into expedited contract negotiations with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB) for six classifications covering 35,400 employees at the airline.

The agreement announced today establishes an intense bargaining process with the goal of achieving joint labor agreements by November 15, 2012. If new accords cannot be reached, the IAM and United Airlines agree to jointly apply for mediation to combine all contracts into a single agreement for each classification.

Pre-merger United employees have been in mediated contract negotiations since 2009 that have remained stalled due to the merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia and subsequent representation elections. Employees from Continental and Continental Micronesia are either working under contracts that are not normally amendable or were unrepresented prior to the merger and currently have no contract.

The IAM is the largest union at United Airlines representing 34,500 Fleet Service, Customer Service and Reservations, Stock Clerk, Dining Service, Maintenance Instructor, Ground Instructor and Security Officer Employees.

Copyright Photo: Pascal Simon. Boeing 767-424 ER N76054 (msn 29449) arrives in Frankfurt.