HOUSTON -- The
unions representing Continental Airlines pilots, mechanics,
dispatchers and simulator engineers ratified a collective
bargaining agreement with the airline. The flight attendants union,
however, did not approve the agreement.
The airline said
the unions that ratified the agreement have decided to go forward
and implement their contracts without the flight
it would implement a series of previously announced pay and benefit
reductions at the beginning of April for its airport, cargo,
reservations, food services, management and clerical
through the agreement, expects to realize at least $418 million in
annual pay and benefit savings.
strengthens workers positions at Continental Airlines, said Don
Treichler, Teamsters Airline Division Director, on behalf of the
carriers aviation maintenance technicians and related workers. This
is a difficult time for airlines, but we fought hard to include job
protections -- including a no-furlough clause -- that these
skilled, hardworking Teamsters deserve.
I recognize that
these pay and benefit reductions are painful, and I appreciate that
our pilots, mechanics, dispatchers and simulator engineers made the
decision to support their co-workers and our airline, said Larry
Kellner, Continentals chairman and CEO. While I am disappointed
that the flight attendants failed to ratify their agreement, I
believe they recognize our need for cost reductions and want to
support our co-workers, but were influenced by other
airline indicated that it intends to press for an agreement with
the flight attendants. It called the flight attendants current
levels of pay and benefits not sustainable.
it would reengage in discussions with the flight attendants, but
raised the ante noting it intended to negotiate for larger pay and
benefit reductions in the next go-round.
The airline had
previously warned that without a new collective bargaining
agreement, it would have had to take several cost cutting measures
including everything from laying off employees to pay cuts to
canceling pending orders for new aircraft.
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