United pilots union moves towards strike

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Pilots at United Airlines will soon vote on a possible strike at the Chicago-based airline, following the approval of a resolution by the United master executive council at the Air Line Pilots Association yesterday.

The union board approved the vote after the airline requested arbitration from the National Mediation Board over a joint collective bargaining agreement that would cover both its legacy Continental Airlines and legacy United pilot groups.

"United-Continental Holdings management has to date made it abundantly clear that they do not share the pilots' desires to achieve an acceptable joint collective bargaining agreement with the pilots in a timely fashion," says the executive counsel in a statement.

A date for the vote has not been set.

United says that a call for a strike vote months or years ahead of such an action is not uncommon and that they do not expect the announcement to have an impact on negotiations.

The two sides have been in negotiations over a joint agreement since August 2010.