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In the "Have a Change of Heart" Department, United Airlines CEO Convenes a Labor Summit With Unions as First Act On Returning from Heart Transplant

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In the "Have a Change of Heart" Department, United Airlines CEO Convenes a Labor Summit With Unions as First Act On Returning from Heart Transplant
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz makes telling statement on first full day back on the job



On his first day back, Munoz made a major statement about what his priorities are. The United CEO convened what was dubbed a "Labor Summit" by the four key United labor unions that participated, including the Air Line Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants, the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers and the Professional Airline Flight Control Association.

 

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Oscar Munoz was named CEO of United Airlines last week.

Originally scheduled for last October, the Summit had been on hold since Munoz was sidelined by health issues. By agreement among participants, details of what was discussed at the closed-door Summit were kept under wraps in the wake of the meeting. But in a joint statement after the Summit ended, the United labor unions present at the meeting said the conclave with Munoz signaled "a long-overdue fresh approach to labor/management relations at United Airlines."

The unions collectively added that they appreciated "Mr Munoz's outreach to us -- especially on his first day back after a medical leave -- and welcome his initiative to build an airline of inclusion and collaboration."

Separately, a spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association declined further comment, except to note that United's pilots are concerned about the currentboardroom battle going on at the Chicago-based airline. Two activist investor groups last week said they want to seat up to six new members on United's Board of Directors.

The mechanics union, which resoundingly rejected a tentative contract recently, is threatening to strike if it doesn't get an acceptable deal. A spokeswoman for the mechanics did not immediately have anything to add to the joint statement from the unions.

United Airlines is a unit of United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL).

 

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