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Denver Baggage Workers Vow Strike

September 26, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ Workers who operate United Airlines’ baggage system at Denver International Airport have rejected a contract offer and say they are ready to go on strike.

Negotiations between the workers and Phelps Program Management, a subcontractor for United, broke down Monday night. The impasse centered on work conditions, wages and benefits.

It was not clear what effect the walkout, scheduled for Tuesday, would have on United. The airline issued a statement saying it planned normal operations but urged passengers to call before leaving for the airport.

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted just two hours before the strike deadline to reject a contract agreement reached last week, said Harold Johannesen, general chairman of the union’s district lodge.

Other machinists union members employed by United at the Denver airport, including baggage handlers, ramp and passenger service employees, and mechanics, said last week they would honor a strike by the roughly 70 baggage system operators.

Negotiations with the machinists are separate from United’s talks with pilots and ground workers. A contract dispute with pilots and other airline problems resulted in thousands of delayed and canceled United flights this summer.

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On the Net:

United Airlines: http://www.ual.com/

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers: http://www.iamaw.org/

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