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United Announces Expedited Negotiations With International Association of Machinists

Monday, August 13, 2012

United Announces Expedited Negotiations With International Association of Machinists15:00 EDT Monday, August 13, 2012CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) today announced that the company and the International Association of Machinists (IAM), which represents fleet service employees, passenger service employees and certain other work groups, have reached an agreement to expedite contract negotiations for joint collective bargaining agreements for those work groups. The parties have agreed to a bargaining process and timeline designed to achieve joint collective agreements before year-end. "Expediting negotiations will benefit co-workers and the company. Our longstanding relationship with the IAM continues in a positive direction, and this expedited process should assist us in reaching responsible agreements that pay our co-workers competitively," said Jon Roitman, senior vice president of Airport Operations and Cargo.United also announced an agreement with the IAM to in-source airport operations work at Terminal A in Houston, currently handled by third-party suppliers. As part of the company's ongoing review of sourcing, the parties are actively discussing other opportunities for United employees to perform certain customer service work currently performed by suppliers at additional locations.Doug McKeen, senior vice president of Labor Relations, noted that, "United, the IAM, and our co-workers share common interests in finalizing joint collective agreements that provide improved pay, competitive benefits and competitive work rules."The IAM represents more than 30,000 fleet service, passenger service and other employees at United. About UnitedUnited Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,574 flights a day to 377 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Airbus A350XWBs, and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. United was rated the world's most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL. SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.For further information: United Continental Holdings, Inc. Worldwide Media Relations, +1-312-997-8640,