United Airlines Pilots Picket San Francisco Int’l Airport Over Negotiating Delays as Company Will Report Positive 4th Quarter Earnings


United pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), conducted an informational picket at San Francisco International Airport, Wednesday morning, January 18, 2023, to express our frustration in United’s unwillingness to invest in its pilots.

United pilots, joined by fellow ALPA pilots from other carriers and our United colleagues from the Association of Flight Attendants and the International Association of Mechanists, gathered to show solidarity, support, and resolve. Together, we will stand shoulder to shoulder to express our commitment to attaining an industry-leading contract.

“Management has chosen to delay the conclusion of our negotiations,” said United Master Executive Council acting chair Capt. Mike Harrison. “Our informational picketing sends management the message that United pilots are unified, and we’ve waited long enough for a contract. Continued stalling at the bargaining table puts the company’s growth plans at risk and hinders the airline’s overall goal of being the best airline in the world.”

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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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