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June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that dispatchers, represented by the Professional Airline Flight Control Association (PAFCA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), ratified a new joint labor agreement for all United Airlines dispatchers. The agreement covers more than 330 United dispatchers.
"The ratification of this agreement is significant for our dispatchers and the company," said
Tracy Lee, United's vice president of network operations. "We look forward to the teamwork benefits we will achieve as our dispatchers become one group."
"I want to thank both negotiating teams and the National Mediation Board for their efforts in reaching this agreement that provides improvements for our dispatchers and makes United a more competitive company," said
Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations. "We are looking forward to working with our mechanics and flight attendants to reach joint agreements to become a fully combined workforce."
United has achieved joint collective bargaining agreements with a majority of the company's represented work force, including pilots, fleet service, passenger service, reservations and storekeeper workgroups. The company is starting an expedited negotiations process with the Association of Flight Attendants and expects to enter back into negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing United's technicians, soon.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 369 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the B787-9 as the North American launch customer, and will welcome 27 new E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of
Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.