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New, Improved Labor Agreements for United Airlines Workers

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Aircraft mechanics and other related workers at United Airlines Thursday approved a new labor contract, which will include significant increases in wages and improved health care and job security protections, according to  

The contract will cover 5,500 aircraft employees nationally, and is seen as a key move toward developing a single contract that will cover the 9,000 Teamster mechanics under United Continental Holdings Inc.  United and Continental completed their merger in October 2010, but mechanics for both entities have ratified their own labor agreements separately.

According to, Jim Keenan, senior vice president of Technical Operations for United Airlines said of the new contract's approval, "This is another important step  which benefits our co-workers and contributes to the future success of United. We now turn our attention to a joint agreement for all United and Continental mechanics, and are committed to reaching an agreement that is fair to the company and fair to our employees."

One United mechanic and Teamsters member, Roger Apana, notes the new contract not only includes a $11,500 signing bonus, but also ensures "the best job protections we've had in our 70-year history," he told

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Mayors to NFL: Work Stoppage will Hurt Our Cities’ Economies 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the stalemate continues between the NFL and the players’ union over a new labor agreement, the mayors of Minneapolis, Miami and Houston have sent letters to the league expressing their concerns about what a lockout would do to their cities’ economies.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter that a lockout “will hurt working families” in his city.

Citing studies that estimated the economic impact of an NFL game, Rybak said “these dollars support a wide variety of good jobs for workers in the hospitality, hotel and service industries.”

Representatives from the NFL and the players’ union met in Washington last week, but no agreement was reached. A second day of meetings was cancelled.

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