UAL, CAL MECs Send TA to Pilots for Ratification Vote
The United and
Continental MECs 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.
UAL MEC chairman Capt. Jay Heppner and CAL MEC chairman Capt. Jay Pierce said
the following in a joint statement:
“With this step, we are closer to a new contract
that will provide gains in compensation, work rules, job protections, and
retirement and benefits for our pilots and their families. We will finally begin
to see the benefits of the merger that were promised to us and an end to the
concessionary and bankruptcy-era contracts we have lived and worked under for
more than a decade.
“This agreement represents years
of determination and unity demonstrated by the pilots of both airlines during
the two-and-a-half years of negotiations for a new contract following the merger
announcement. Pilots from both United and Continental Airlines will now
determine whether this agreement addresses their contributions to the success of
“This step is also good news for our passengers and
United employees. Once there is pilot approval of a contract, the operations of
the two airlines can finally begin to be integrated. We can begin to deliver on
the promise of the world’s best airline.”
Integration of seniority lists for the two pilot 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 time line following contract ratification that
was agreed upon by the two pilot groups shortly after the merger was announced.