[ News ]July 17, 2023 5:59 pm ET By John McDermott
United Airlines has reached an Agreement in Principle (AIP) with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing the company’s pilots, on a new contract. The announcement comes soon after American Airlines pilots similarly announced a plan to vote on a new contract later this summer.
If United’s new contract is approved by pilots, flight crew members will see between 35% and 40% raises over 4 years depending on fleet type. The contract will also bring improvements to “quality of work-life, compensation, job security, work rules, retirement, benefits.” It is worth $10 billion over its lifespan.
Calls for a contract strengthened after the covid-19 pandemic subsided and Delta Air Lines announced massive pay raises for its pilots. However, ALPA says it has been negotiating with United management for more than four years to reach a new agreement.
A United 777-300ER at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)
“We promised our world-class pilots the industry-leading contract they deserve, and we’re pleased to have reached an agreement with ALPA on it,” United Airlines said in a statement. “The four-year agreement, once ratified, will deliver a meaningful pay raise and quality of life improvements for our pilots while putting the airline on track to achieve the incredible potential of our United Next strategy.”
United pilots have been putting increasing pressure on management for months. Pilots picketed outside company offices this spring and say they have been ready to strike since then. Pressure increased when United faced massive flight cancellations and delays earlier this month. Though United blamed air traffic control staffing shortages and weather for the issues, pilots said that internal staffing was also a major issue that could have been solved with a better contract.
The FAA also said that it was not to blame for United’s…