CHICAGO – Mechanics at United Airlines have approved a six-year labor deal, the latest in a string of pay-raising contracts in the now profitable industry.
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The contract with the Teamsters union covers more than 9,000 employees at United Continental Holdings Inc. It covers employees of United and the former Continental Airlines; the two merged in 2010.
Few details were disclosed. The union said the contract is worth $1.7 billion more in pay and benefits than the workers' current deal.
Unions have pushed for pay raises now that airlines are making huge profits after losing billions and — in cases like United — going through bankruptcy protection in the previous decade.