Continental Flight Attendants Reject New Contract, Raises
Mary Schlangenstein | Bloomberg
Oct 27, 2010
Continental Airlines flight attendants rejected a proposed 26-month contract that would have raised pay and provided job protection as the carrier combines operations with United Airlines.
The agreement was rejected by 55 percent of attendants voting, the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers said today on the union’s website. The Machinists represent about 9,300 Continental attendants, and 61 percent of them cast ballots.
The tentative contract would have provided pay, scheduling and other protections until a vote is held on which union will represent the attendants at Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc., which was created in an Oct. 1 merger with United Airlines.
“It would have been preferable to have everyone under contract and under a transition agreement,” Robert Mann of airline consultant R.W. Mann & Co. in Port Washington, New York, said in an interview. “That would have been an ideal situation going forward. There’s no telling how much additional time or effort this might require.”
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