Pilots Union Calls for Strike Vote

Leaders of the pilots for Continental and United Airlines called for a strike vote at a union meeting in Washington, DC today.

The move follows two years of negotiations between United Continental and the Air Line Pilots Association on a joint contract covering pilots from both pre-merger airlines.

Captain Jay Pierce, chairman of the ALPA unit representing the Continental pilots, says that while a strike is never the pilots’ preference, they’re more than willing to use every tool at their disposal.

Last week, ALPA submitted a request for arbitration to the National Mediation Board, with the provision it be released to strike if both parties don’t accept. If the Board releases the parties, the pilots would be allowed to strike following a thirty-day cooling off period.

The date for a strike vote by the pilots has yet to be determined.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...