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United Airlines mechanics reject concessions agreement.

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United Airlines' mechanics have reportedly rejected their portion of USD1.5bn in wage cuts over five and a half years.

The 13,000 mechanics - represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District 141m - rejected the deal by a 57% margin. However, some 24,000 other IAM members, including public service workers and baggage handlers, represented by the separate bargaining unit District 141, approved their portions of the agreement.

The airline is now expected to begin new talks with the mechanics immediately in order to form a new agreement with the union members. If both parties fail to reach an agreement the airline may be forced to file for bankruptcy.

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