- United Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association, representing United’s 13,000+ pilots, offered pilots a round of buyouts in 2020. The company also agreed to raise its pilots’ hourly pay by 5% once the airline returned to a pretax margin at or above 5% for 12 months. This move came in as United Airlines struggled with a pandemic-related slowdown.
- United has honored its agreement months ahead of schedule after reporting a pre-tax margin of 9% in the last quarter and expects a profitable end to 2022. Additionally, the raises will take effect in December.
Why it matters
United pilots will strike outside its flight training center in Denver next Tuesday to demand better pay. They are not alone in facing such pressure from their employees – Delta, Southwest, American, and FedEx pilots have also demanded the same.