SAN FRANCISCO: United Airlines mechanics have voted overwhelmingly against the firm’s contract offer and to authorize a strike.
More than 9,000 mechanics were affected by the deal, which was rejected Tuesday by 93 percent of union workers voting.
“The membership has spoken clearly,” Teamsters union general president Jim Hoffa said in criticizing United’s “substandard proposition” that included a two-tiered wage system.
“At a time when United Airlines is incredibly profitable, it is clear that mechanics deserve a better offer from the company.”
International Brotherhood of Teamsters leaders now plan to petition the National Mediation Board for a green light to start a strike.
Last month, United announced it had multiplied by six its income last year to $7.3 billion, despite a 2.7 percent drop in sales to $37.9 billion.
Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016
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