HUMBLE, Texas – On Thursday, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa will join union members at Continental Airlines to help kick off a campaign to organize fleet service workers and ramp workers at the newly merged Continental/United, the world’s largest airline. Hoffa will address the rally, along with workers from Continental and United. The Teamsters represent Continental fleet service workers and mechanics at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
In February 2010, about 7,500 fleet service workers at Continental joined the Teamsters after five failed attempts involving other unions over a decade. Then, in late December, the workers ratified their first union contract. Because Continental and United recently merged, another organizing campaign is under way involving the combined group of Continental fleet service workers and nearly 7,000 ramp workers at United. That election will take place later this year.