United Passenger Service Workers Vote For Union

Published March 7, 2012 8:00PM (EST)

CHICAGO (AP) — Passenger service workers at United Airlines have voted to stay in a union.

Almost 17,000 reservations workers and gate agents voted on Wednesday to be in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Roughly half of the workers came from the old United Airlines. The other half came from Continental Airlines, which merged with United in 2010 to form United Continental Holdings Inc.

At United, the workers were already in the union. Those who came from Continental had no union.

But the new airline does not yet have joint contracts covering any of the combined workgroups.

Counting other workgroups, the IAM now represents some 30,000 workers at the combined airline.

By Salon Staff

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