(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne and local union leadership from across the United States are demanding United Airlines negotiate an industry-leading contract for over 9,000 airline mechanics.
On Tuesday, over 93 percent of mechanics who voted cast ballots against the company’s final offer, sending a strong message that United Airlines needs to do better by its workforce.
“United Airlines’ proposals are reflective of a culture of corporate greed, while disrespecting the hard work, professionalism and passion that the mechanics bring to their jobs,” Hoffa said. “The Teamsters are standing by our members and against this substandard contract offer from United Airlines.”
“This offer from United is totally unacceptable and we will not stand for it. The mechanics deserve a real contract,” said Capt. Bourne. “We are united in supporting our members to get the agreement that they deserve and we will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.”
Teamster principal officers representing local unions from around the country with United Airlines members gathered in Washington, D.C., today to coordinate efforts to empower workers in the coming weeks and to leverage their power to get a fair deal from the company.
Mechanics overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to authorize a strike at United. The union will petition the National Mediation Board for a strike release.
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