20 March 2023
United Negotiations Update
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
IAM and United management negotiators met this past Friday in Washington DC for 14 hours in an effort to reach
agreement on seven IAM contracts covering almost 30,000 United Airlines workers. While United management has finally
recognized that to reach any agreement, whether in the current expedited process or traditional “Section Six”
negotiations, the issue of job security must be resolved. The parties, however, still remain apart on a mutually acceptable
job security construct.
As we have stated since the onset of this expedited process, IAM-represented United Airlines workers need and deserve
job security that prohibits outsourcing and protects our employment and job status (full-time/part-time). While we have
made significant progress in the outsourcing and employment protection components of job security, United
management has still not offered acceptable protections for full-time and part-time employment and opportunities for
part-time employees who seek full-time employment to obtain those positions.
United management representatives, whether high-ranking officials in negotiations or frontline management personnel
have stated to IAM negotiators and IAM-represented United workers across the system that they have no intention of
“casualizing” the Ramp and PCE and making those classifications majority-plus part-time work classifications.
They just refuse to put it in writing.
Every IAM contract in the airline industry includes protection of full-time employment, which consequently protects parttime employment. Your District 141 Negotiations Committee has proposed language that is reasonable and which exists
in other IAM contracts at major airlines. While protecting full-time and part-time employment, our proposals also provide
United management the flexibility to grow the carrier, which we all want, and the needed flexibility in case of a reduction
After Friday’s talks, the gap on the remaining issues has narrowed. But, United management negotiators are still pushing
back against what we view as acceptable resolutions to these issues. While there may be a path to an agreement, we are
now forced to review our options to exit the expedited process and enter traditional “Section Six” negotiations and
possibly request the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB) and enter federally mediated negotiations.
We appreciate the patience and strong support of all IAM members at United Airlines. The almost 30,000 IAM members
at United Airlines do not deserve to be treated as second-class citizens in the realm of Job Security.
We deserve to know that our jobs and paychecks are secure so that we can care for our families with dignity.
We will advise the membership of next steps later this week.
Michael G Klemm
Your Negotiating Committee