United, Continental pilot heads OK labour pact, send to rank-and-file for ratification
Nov 13, 2012 (Menafn - AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) --North American labour union The Air Line Pilots Association International said that master executive councils representing union-represented Continental and United Airlines UAL pilots have voted to accept a tentative agreement on a joint collective bargaining agreement reached with United Continental Holdings, Inc.
The agreement now goes before the pilots for a ratification vote, the union said.
According to pilot representatives, integration of seniority lists for the two pilots groups will occur after ratification of the tentative agreement. The process is independent of airline management and involves negotiations between the two pilot groups.
Absent an agreement, binding arbitration will be used to settle any remaining differences. The process follows a predefined timeline following contract ratification that was agreed upon by the two pilot groups shortly after the merger was announced.
The Air Line Pilots Association, International represents more than 51,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines, including more than 12,000 United Continental Holdings, Inc. pilots.
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