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United Airlines mechanics call for pension reinstatement

Professional aviation mechanics from Chicago-based carrier United Airlines represented by the US-based Teamsters Union have held informational pickets at 10 major airports around the country the union said.

According to the union, the mechanics are informing the public that they may be forced to strike if the company refuses to keep its promise to reinstate the workers´ pension plans.

It said that, in 2005, UAL took away the pensions for 11,000 professional aviation mechanics, but promised when the company´s financial situation improved they would get their retirement plans back.

UAL has since rebounded and is profitable.

IN 2Q13, UAL earned its highest revenue in history. The union said that, after a year of stalling, UAL executives broke off contract negotiations without agreeing to the pensions they had promised, and declared that 3,500 mechanics will be forced to pay an additional USD 300-USD 500 each month for their health care.

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