United Airlines Is Close To A Deal With Maintenance Workers

United Airlines Mechanic Contracts

United Airlines said on Friday it reached a tentative deal with maintenance workers. The deal would provide the workers with a wage hike.

This would mark the first contract to cover technicians from both United and Continental since the airlines merged in 2010.

The deal would provide United Airlines technicians with a 25% raise to $46.15 per hour. It also includes an offer for a $100,000 buyout for at least some workers and furlough protection.

The deal, negotiated by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, must now be approved by workers.

Low employee morale has plagued the newly created United Continental Holdings Inc. for years. An agreed upon contract would go a long way in helping boost that morale.

The company came under fire recently following a probe of the airline’s relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. That probe forced CEO Jeff Smisek to resign.

Oscar Munoz succeeded him, spending his first month on the job traversing the United States to meet with workers and air travelers for input on how to improve the airline. Last week Munoz suffered a heart attack, he has been temporarily replaced by general counsel, Brett Hart.

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Munoz was seen as the man who would turn around employee morale. Brett Hart has promised to continue that mission in his absence.