United Airlines has reached a tentative deal with its mechanics union, the airline announced today.



The joint collective bargaining agreement, reached with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, must still go before the airline's 8,600 mechanics and related employees for ratification.

The agreement, which was secured with the help of mediators, comes after more than three years of negotiations.

United didn't provide any terms of the deal in a press release Friday, but according to Dow Jones Newswires, a United employee memo said that the tentative agreement includes a 25% increase in the highest hourly rates for mechanics and a 33% increase over the course of the deal's six-year term.

If ratified, the agreement would be an early coup for acting United CEO Brett Hart, who took over the post just this week following the Oct. 15 heart attack of Oscar Munoz. Both Hart and Munoz, who was CEO for less than six weeks before suffering the heart attack, have stressed that improving employee relations is a primary goal.

The deal would bring United's mechanics under the same collective bargaining agreement for the first time since its merger with Continental five years ago.

United still must reach a deal with its flight attendants union. Those negotiations have also been in mediation.
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