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.