United pilots reject contract offer as they push for raises
CHICAGO United Airlines pilots rejected a tentative contract unanimously, the latest sign of the resolve of airline unions to push hard for significant pay increases.
The deal would have offered pilots raises of almost 15% over 18 month, according to the union.
The Air Line Pilots Association said Tuesday that 94% of the nearly 10,000 United pilots who took part voted against a tentative agreement that the union and United reached in June.
The union claimed that United refused to respond to its latest wage proposal. The union said it is determined to win an industry-leading contract “that fully recognizes our contributions to the success of our airline.”
A spokesman for Chicago-based United said the outcome of the vote was expected after the airline and the union identified issues with the June proposal. He stated that the union and the airline had identified issues with the June proposal. The new industry-leading agreement is being worked on by the two sides. It will likely include higher pay rates and other improvements.
The vote was announced after Delta pilots approved a symbolic strike-authorization motion to protest the absence of a new contract. Federal law makes it difficult to organize legal strikes by airline unions.
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