United Airlines pilots reach 'historic' agreement in principle, with big pay raises, other perks

United Airlines and the union representing its pilots said Saturday they reached agreement in principle on a contract that will raise pilot pay by up to 40% over four years.

Over the course of the proposed four-year contract, pilots would receive 34.5% to 40.2% increase in pay, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said in a press release.

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United Airlines jetliner parked at airport tarmac, featuring Star Alliance logo and various text markings, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, June 7, 2023.  (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Garth Thompson, chair of the United pilots’ union, called it an “historic agreement” that was made possible by the resolve of the 16,000 pilots.

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Along with a significant pay increase, the proposed contract includes improvements in quality of life, vacation, and other benefits to pilots who have faced a turbulent working conditions since the COVID-19 pandemic

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“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with ALPA,” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said. “The four-year agreement, once ratified, will deliver a meaningful pay raise and quality of life improvements for our pilots while putting the airline on track to achieve the incredible potential of our United Next strategy,” 

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Thousands of United pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), are participating in a nationwide picket on Friday as they push for higher pay.  (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Pilots with the Chicago-based airlines have not had a contract with the airline for four years as pilots demanding better conditions from management.

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United’s contract came up for renewal in 2019, and negotiations have been underway since. 

Last year, its pilots overwhelmingly voted against a tentative contract, which the union said fell short of what members were seeking. Since then, United pilots have been protesting for a better deal.

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United Airlines pilots picket outside San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, US, on Friday, May 12, 2023.  (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Union’s representing the pilots believed they were in a strong position to renegotiate a strong contract following the resurgence of traveling post pandemic as well as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines recently receiving industry-leading contracts.

Delta Air Lines ratified a new contract that includes over $7 billion in cumulative increases in pay and benefits over four years.

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Industry officials say Delta’s new contract has become a new benchmark for contract negotiations in North America. Rival American Airlines in May also reached a labor deal.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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