Merged United-Continental pilot union keeps leader

United Airlines pilot union keeps leader from after merging with Continental

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Pilots at United Airlines elected Capt. Jay Heppner to lead a combined unit of the Air Line Pilots Association that now includes aviators from both United and Continental.

The two airlines merged in 2010, and each had separate ALPA units. Heppner led the one from United. The two groups reached an agreement for a joint contract in December, and an arbitrator issued a combined seniority list earlier this month.

The combined airline has 10,187 pilots as of the end of last year, according to United Continental Holdings Inc. They include 5,546 from pre-merger United and 4,641 who came from Continental.

Pilots also elected United Capt. Bob Fox as vice chairman, Continental Capt. Dave Earnest as secretary and Continental Capt. Eric Hunter as treasurer.

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