The new flight attendants' contract at United, coupled with other steps CEO Oscar Munoz is taking, could finally enable United to make up some serious ground against its competitors.
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It’s been six years, but last week United and former Continental flight attendants finally approved a unified contract that allows United to mix crews and operate non-legacy aircraft. This could mean happier flight attendants, smoother operations and, in the end, more on-time flights, although the contract was approved by a slim majority.
Mechanics are also working on their own contract set for approval later this summer.
It’s ridiculous that it took six years for this contract to go into effect, but between stubborn management and hardline unions this was a tough nut to crack (even this current contract only passed 53 percent to 47 percent). With United CEO Oscar Munoz now righting the ship, it’s time for United to make up some serious ground.
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Photo credit: United flight attendants have approved a contract that will enable the airline to commingle crew members who worked at United and Continental airlines before their merger. United Airlines