United Pilots Resoundingly Reject Tentative Agreement


Today, the United pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted overwhelmingly to reject the tentative agreement (TA) that was presented to the pilot group earlier this summer. A record 9,980 United pilots participated, with 94 percent voting against the proposal. This TA fell short of the industry-leading contract United pilots have earned and deserve after leading the airline through the pandemic and back to profitability.

“I want to thank the United pilots for their outstanding participation at this important moment in our history,” said United Master Executive Council chair Capt. Mike Hamilton. “By the Company’s own admission, this agreement missed the mark. That’s why both parties agreed to reengage at the bargaining table for a new, improved agreement. It is vital United management recognizes that an industry-leading contract is required to hire, train, and retain the best pilots in the world for the United Next growth plan to succeed.”

Unfortunately, management has now taken a wait-and-see approach to negotiations instead of leading the industry forward. In the face of continued management delays, the United pilots will immediately begin a series of informational picketing events to bring the Company back to the bargaining table to finalize an agreement. United pilots are unified and committed to reaching a comprehensive agreement that fully recognizes their contributions to the success of the airline.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 65,000 pilots at 40 U.S. and Canadian airlines, including the 14,000 pilots at United Airlines. Visit the United ALPA website at alpa.org/ual or follow us on Twitter @UnitedPilots.

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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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