United MRO Technicians Picket Shareholder Meeting

Maintenance workers from United Airlines protested outside the carrier’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago yesterday (June 10) over ongoing pay negotiations.

Maintenance workers from United Airlines protested outside the carrier’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago yesterday (June 10) over ongoing pay negotiations.

Rallying outside United’s headquarters the technicians held signs warning: “Turbulence ahead at United Airlines”, and: “Ready for strike? We are!”

The Teamster union, which represents 9,000 maintenance workers at the carrier, says United is “dragging its feet” over finalising a collective bargaining agreement for maintenance staff, which it has not done since the merger of United and Continental.

David Bourne, director of the Teamsters’ airline division, said: “The company appears willing to risk United's turnaround by provoking a labour dispute with its aircraft maintenance technicians and related workers.”

In a statement, United said: “We are in negotiations with the [Teamsters], and our focus is to reach a competitive agreement that our employees will want to vote on and ratify.”

Negotiations over the bargaining agreement are set to continue in Las Vegas next week.

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