The pilots of United and Continental, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, have approved a joint collective bargaining agreement with United Continental Holdings, Inc. Of the 10,193 eligible pilots, 97.66 percent participated in the ratification vote. 67 percent approved the agreement. This agreement brings both pilot groups together, working under a single contract. It will begin to be implemented immediately, and will provide gains in compensation, work rules, job protections and retirement and benefits for the pilots.
This contract ratification represents a giant step toward finalizing the merger between the two airlines.
Capt. Jay Heppner, chairman of the United Master Executive Council and Capt. Jay Pierce, chairman of the Continental Master Executive Council, issued the following joint statement.