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United Airlines pilots approve contract with up to 40% raise


Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, from United Airlines, taking off from Barcelona Airport, in Barcelona, ​​on March 28, 2023.

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United Airlines Pilots approved a new contract with pay increases of up to 40.2% over the four years of the contract, making the carrier the last of the three largest U.S. airlines to reach a deal with its aviators during a shortage in the industry.

The deal is worth about $10 billion, according to the Air Line Pilots Association, the pilots’ union. ALPA said Friday that the new contract had the approval of 82 percent of the more than 97 percent of United pilots who voted for it.

Delta Airlines And American airlines pilots approved new contracts earlier this year, also with big raises. The Covid pandemic has derailed negotiations between airlines, but pilots’ unions and other industry unions have pushed for higher pay and better working rules since travel demand rebounded and that inflation has risen.

Other unions are also pushing for improved wages and benefits, calling for strikes or potential strikes when negotiations fail to meet demands. The United Auto Workers union plans to expand strikes against General Motors and Ford Motor to two U.S. assembly plants on Friday, UAW President Shawn Fain said.

Earlier this week, Hollywood writers and studios finalized the terms of an agreement ending a nearly 150-day strike.

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