Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Eleventh Hour Accord at United

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Eleventh Hour Accord at United

Article excerpt

Minutes before a strike deadline, and following 2 years of intermittent bargaining, negotiators for United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists signed a 61-month labor contract, covering some 26,500 mechanics, dispatchers, cleaners, and food service and ramp employees. The agreement, the last negotiated pact in the current round of bargaining at United, was reached with the assistance of a National Mediation Board mediator and member Joshua Javits. (The National Mediation Board is the Federal agency that administers the Railway Labor Act, the labor law that regulates bargaining in the railroad and airline industries.)

The agreement called for wage increases of 4 percent retroactive to November 1, 1989, and 5 percent on December 15, 1991, 4 percent on February 1, 1993, and 5 percent on May 1, 1994. In addition, mechanics will receive a 60-cent-an-hour premium, up from 50 cents, for each Federal Aviation Administration license they hold, with a cap set at $1.20 an hour. (At the expiration of the previous agreement, mechanics reportedly earned between $14 and $21 an hour, and food service workers earned between $6 and $12 an hour. …

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