May 16. The Air Line Pilots Association has reached an agreement ‘in principle’ with United Airlines on new contract terms – a deal that is a direct result of an acute pilot shortage in the aftermath of the pandemic. The situation in the US has forced many airlines to scale back operations temporarily and revise contracts to boost pay and bonuses for employees.
United Airlines has become the first major US carrier to reach an agreement with its pilots’ labor union on a new contract deal. While the exact details of the new terms and conditions are not known, it is believed that they will include higher pay and better working conditions, given the grueling schedules of many pilots currently.
As pointed out by CNBC, of all the major carriers in the US, United is believed to have the least contentious relationship with its pilots’ union, often striking deals early during the COVID crisis to keep things running. The preset agreement still requires a vote of confidence by the union and the pilots.
Source: Simple Flying