United maintenance instructors agree to union

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Maintenance instructors at United Airlines have elected the International Association of Machinists (IAM) to represent them, in a vote conducted by the US National Mediation Board.

The 40 employees that voted elected the union by a 95% margin in May, according to a union statement. The group includes 45 maintenance instructors from United as well as former Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia.

IAM says it will now begin negotiations with the airline for a joint collective bargaining agreement for the employees.

United did not comment.