United Airlines pilots approve new contract with up to 40% raises


Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, from United Airlines, taking off from Barcelona Airport in Barcelona on March 28, 2023.

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United Airlines pilots approved a new contract with compensation increases of as much as 40.2% over the four-year contract, making the carrier the last of the three largest U.S. airlines to seal a deal with its aviators during an industry shortage.

The deal is worth about $10 billion, according to the Air Line Pilots Association, the pilots’ union. ALPA announced on Friday that more than 97% United pilots voted in favor of the new contract. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, pilots and other unions have pushed for better pay and work rules. UAW President Shawn Fain announced that the United Auto Workers union plans to expand strikes against General Motors, Ford Motor and two U.S. Assembly plants on Friday.