Labour Issues at United Airlines

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LABOR ISSUES AT UNITED AIRLINES Collective Bargaining Issues at United Airlines United Airlines is one of the leading airline companies in the United States. It is also one of the largest airlines in the world. According to the company website, United Airlines operated two million flights in 2011 and transported 142 million passengers. On average, it operates more than 5,500 flights a day to 377 airports all over the world (United Airlines, 2012). In 2010, United Airlines entered into a merger with Continental Airlines with the promise of saving around $1 billion annually. The merger required the operations of the two entities to be combined as well. However, the negotiations between management and union representatives have been slow and discouraging. Labor representatives are trying to secure a collective agreement for workers of both United and Continental but have failed to do so even more than two and a half years after the merger. This has become a potential cause of a stand-off between labor and management at United. United Airlines has been welcoming of union participation throughout its history. As of December 2010, 72% of United Airlines employees were represented by unions ranging from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to the International Air Line Pilots Association (United Airlines Annual Report, 2010). However, since the merger, it has been dragging its feet in completing a collective bargaining agreement for the merged
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