United Airlines Pilots Approve New Contract 


Today, the United Master Executive Council (MEC), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), reported 82 percent of United Airlines pilots voted in favor of a new comprehensive working agreement that adds more than $10B of value to the existing contract. 97 percent of eligibile pilots participated in the ballot.

“This industry-leading contract brings substantial benefits to our pilots and could not have happened without their unity and steadfast resolve, said MEC Chair Capt. Garth Thompson. “I am proud that our pilot group will be recognized for their contributions to the company’s success. United Airlines cannot thrive without the hard work of its labor groups.”

The new agreement includes an industry-leading increase in pay raises over the life of the contract, as well as quality of work-life and work rule improvements, sick leave and vacation improvements, and an increase to retirement benefits for United’s 16,000 pilots.

The contract is effective on September 29, 2023 and becomes amendable on September 30, 2027. For more information visit UPA23.com

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The United Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, International is the governing body that represents over 13,000 United Airlines pilots. The MEC, related committee members, and professional staff work to protect and promote the careers of United pilots, concentrating on safety, pay, working conditions, benefits, and job security. The United MEC is composed of member-elected representatives from New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Cleveland, Guam, and the Training Center in Denver. Local pilot volunteers form the backbone of our committee structure, and full-time ALPA staff round out our team with legal, administrative, and communications support. As the formal collective bargaining agent for United pilots, the MEC is charged with negotiating pilot contracts and promoting airline safety and security. ALPA’s motto, “Schedule with Safety,” guides the work we do every day. The initiatives of United ALPA volunteers have directly resulted in many of the safety features found in today’s modern aircraft and airports. Our contract, the United Pilot Agreement, sets the industry standard for compensation and work rules that ensure the long-term viability of the airline piloting profession.


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