United Continental pilots OK joint union contract

By JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press Published: December 16, 2012

United Airlines pilots have agreed to a new joint union contract, bringing the airline closer to finalizing its merger with Continental.

The new four-year contract, which includes raises averaging 43 percent and bigger retirement contributions, covers those who came from United as well as pilots who flew for Continental before the carriers merged in 2010 into United Continental Holdings Inc. Pilots now only fly under the United name.

As part of the deal,...

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