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United Airlines reaches contract deal with machinists union

United Airlines said Tuesday it reached contract agreements covering workers represented by the International Association of Machinists.

One of the agreements covers pilot ground school instructors from the company’s Continental subsidiary, who will vote on the deal in coming weeks.

United also said it reached an agreement with the union on work performed by airport customer service agents “that will facilitate the integration and strategic redeployment of aircraft.”

Another agreement was reached dealing with seniority integration of the airline’s combined group of storekeepers — workers responsible for United’s supplies and equipment.

United also announced that airport ground handling work currently performed at five airports by outside vendors will now be done by United Airlines employees. The airports include Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Buffalo, Detroit and Sacramento.

“Each of these labor agreements moves United and our co-workers forward in fully integrating our work groups,” Mike Bonds, executive vice president of human resources and labor relations, said in a statement.

Union representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

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