United Airlines, flight attendants agree on new contract

NEW YORK, N.Y. – United Airlines won a much-needed labour victory Friday when its 25,000 flight attendants voted to approve a new contract.

The agreement comes nearly six years after the airline merged with Continental Airlines and is the first contract to cover flight attendants from both carriers. Since the 2010 merger, the Chicago-based airline has had to operate jets with cabin crews made up entirely from one of the predecessor airlines. Now it is free to mix staff, making scheduling easier and bringing down costs.

The victory was not a landslide, with 53 per cent of the flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, supporting the new five-year contract. More than 90 per cent of the eligible workers voted.