United Pilots Ratify New Contract

Mar 26, 2004
CHICAGO (AP) -- United Airlines' pilots on Monday ratified a new contract that would reduce hourly wages 11.8 percent, three days after the carrier's mechanics rejected their tentative deal.
The Air Line Pilots Association contract would save United about $180 million annually. A federal bankruptcy judge was expected to approve the new contract Monday afternoon.

United still awaited word from its flight attendants' union, which completed voting Monday on its tentative contract, which would cut pay by 9.5 percent.

About 75 percent of pilots voted in favor of the contract, ALPA spokesman Dave Kelly said. He declined to comment on the new deal.

United's mechanics union on Friday rejected a contract that included a 5 percent wage reduction and benefit cuts. Members voted to strike if United is successful in its effort to have a bankruptcy judge impose the cuts.

United, a unit of Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based UAL Corp., is trying to rework labor contracts with each of its six unions in a bid to save an additional $725 million in annual operating expenses, which the carrier says is critical to its planned exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The unions already agreed to a combined $2.5 billion in concessions two years ago.