United Airlines maintenance workers to warn shareholders of problems in the skies

CHICAGO, IL – On Wednesday, June 10, at 8am, United Airlines aviation maintenance technicians and related support personnel will rally outside the company's annual shareholders' meeting to warn inve

United Airlines maintenance workers to warn shareholders of problems in the skies

CHICAGO, IL – On Wednesday, June 10, at 8am, United Airlines aviation maintenance technicians and related support personnel will rally outside the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting to warn investors and customers of turbulence ahead.

More than 9,000 Teamster aviation maintenance workers who are critical to United’s operations are losing patience as the company drags its feet on reaching a fair collective bargaining agreement five years after the United-Continental merger announcement. The workers’ last contract became amendable in January 2013.

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United-Continental workers, shareholders and customers have been loyal through tough times, shouldering the burden of myriad problems—including integration and customer service issues—that have taken a toll on United’s earnings and reputation.

United Airlines came in last among traditional carriers in the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey released in May.

The company appears willing to risk United’s turnaround by provoking a labor dispute with its large maintenance and related workforce.

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