|NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD|
|Washington, D.C. 20572
November 8, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD
Re: IAM & AW -- United Airlines Talks
A spokesman for the National Mediation Board confirmed today that mediated meetings between United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW) were adjourned on November 7. The most recent talks, concerning a contract dispute covering mechanic and related workers at United, began on October 31. The NMB anticipates scheduling further meetings in Washington, D.C. either next week or the following week, depending upon the availability of the parties and the Board. The IAM has requested a proffer of arbitration. However, the Board indicated no action will be taken on the request at this time and further indicated that no strike is imminent.
United Airlines is the nations' largest airline, operating more than 2330 daily flights on a route network which spans the globe. The airline serves 139 destinations in 26 countries and two US territories. The IAM&AW represents more than 15,000 United employees working in the mechanic and related job classifications.
The IAM&AW also represents approximately 31,000 passenger service, ramp and stores employees at United which are currently in negotiations, but these negotiations are not the subject of mediated talks.
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