June 14, 2012--The National Mediation Board (NMB) today announced that the IAM received a majority of votes cast and will be certified as the bargaining agent for 45 Maintenance Instructors at the airline formed from the merger of Continental, Continental Micronesia and United Airlines. The IAM received 40 votes, while there were only 2 votes for no representation.
“We are honored that the Maintenance Instructors voted for IAM representation” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “We welcome the pre-merger Continental Maintenance Instructors into our great union and we thank our pre-merger United members for their continued support.”
“Now that this election is over, we can move forward and negotiate a single contract covering all Maintenance Instructors at United Airlines” said District 141 President and Directing General Chairman Rich Delaney. “We will now include our pre-merger Continental members into the collective bargaining process and work toward our goal of securing a contract that is fair and recognizes the professionalism of the Maintenance Instructors at United Airlines.”
The NMB authorized the election in May due to the merger of Continental, Continental Micronesia and United Airlines. Prior to the tie-up, the pre-merger United Maintenance Instructors were represented by the IAM while their Continental counterparts were unrepresented.
The IAM represents approximately 31,500 employees at the combined airline.