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March 5, 2002 Special Edition
Machinists at United
Airlines Ratify New Pact
Washington, D.C., 11:30 PM EST, March 5,
2002 - Mechanic and related employees represented by the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
today ratified a new 5-year agreement with United Airlines. The accord
is retroactive to July 12, 2000 and makes 13,000 IAM mechanic and
related employees at United the highest paid in the airline industry.
“I want to thank our members at United for the strong support they gave
their negotiating committee under very difficult circumstances,” said
Scotty Ford, District 141-M president and lead negotiator for the
mechanic and related group. “Their determination and professionalism
allowed the negotiating committee to obtain the best agreement
Today’s pact was ratified by 59 percent of the voting membership.
The agreement follows 27 months of direct and mediated bargaining that
included the appointment of a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) in
December 2001. A settlement recommendation from the PEB was rejected by
the membership on February 12, 2002. Subsequent negotiations produced
today’s agreement, which was ratified in the shadow of a March 7, 2002
“Both United Airlines and the White House took actions to delay these
negotiations,” said Robert Roach, Jr., IAM General Vice President.
“Broad support from IAM members and AFL-CIO transportation labor unions
gave our negotiating team the ability to overcome these roadblocks and
reach an agreement.”
In separate negotiations, IAM District 141, representing 30,000 Ramp &
Stores, Public Contact, Food Services and Security Officers continues to
meet in federal mediation with United Airlines.