United Airlines' Mechanics Ratify Deal

Members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association voted 59 percent to 41 percent to accept a five-year pact entailing $96 million in annual reductions and 3.9 percent pay cuts, among other conditions.


The repossession is the result of a court ruling in early May by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing a November order by Wedoff that barred lessors from taking back 14 of United's 460 airplanes. The court said the planes could be repossessed unless United paid off its rental payments in full.

United subsequently rejected leases on six of the disputed planes, leaving eight vulnerable to repossession.

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