Machinists at United Open Contract Early to Protect 30,000 Jobs


The IAM is entering contract talks early with United Airlines. (Photo: Bill Burke/Page One Photography)

The IAM has announced an agreement with United Airlines to open contracts covering approximately 30,000 workers early, more than one year ahead of the scheduled amendable date, and enter into expedited negotiations to amend the current IAM-United contracts.

Part of the agreement to enter early negotiations was the IAM’s demand that United not outsource any work currently performed by IAM members through the term of any amended contract, plus one year. If an amended contract cannot be reached for any IAM workgroup, the no outsourcing commitment is extended to January 15, 2019.

“This agreement protects the work of 30,000 IAM members at United who deserve this type of protection and District 141 did an outstanding job in protecting the work of its membership,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Now that the work is secured, we can get to the table early and gain further improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions and secure the industry’s best contracts at United.”

“This is the type of result that happens when the District and International work together for a common goal,” said IAM District 141 President Mike Klemm. “We are eager to get to the table and negotiate the industry-leading contracts United members deserve.”