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United Air pilots agree to 14.5% pay hike as travel rebounds

A United Airlines jet is shown at Miami International Airport in Miami on June 16, 2021.  (Bloomberg )
By Alan Levin Bloomberg

United Airlines pilots tentatively agreed to a new contract that gives them 14.5% raises, increased overtime pay and other benefits, setting the standard as other major carriers negotiate deals with their aviators at a time of rebounding travel demand.

The higher pay will come in three increases over an 18-month span, the Air Line Pilots Association’s said Friday.

The deal also includes eight weeks of paid maternity leave. The agreement will be sent to the union’s 14,000 members for ratification after its leaders voted to approve the terms.

The announcement comes as United and other carriers work to rebound from the steep downturn two years ago during the pandemic.

Among the challenges is a shortage of workers, partly because of a backlog as companies retrain pilots who were on furlough.