Continental reaches tentative deal with fleet service workers

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Continental Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with the union representing its fleet service employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).

The agreement covers roughly 7,000 Continental employees. Continental and United closed on the financial transaction covering their merger in October, and hope to gain a single operating certificate in October 2011.

A federal mediator was recently assigned to assist in negotiations between Continental and its flight attendants represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). Negotiations are scheduled to resume on 8 December.

Continental management and pilot representatives from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) are also scheduled to have an initial meeting with an arbitrator in early December regarding the placement of United Express 70-seat regional jets from Continental's Cleveland, Houston and Newark hubs. Continental's pilots believe the operations violate the scope clause in their current collective bargaining agreement that limits regional operations to 50-seat jets.