UAL-MEC Membership Committee ReportDavid A. Smith, Membership Committee Chair
Through the end of September 2000, United has hired 886 new pilots. This number points to approximately 1,150 total new-hires for the year 2000. The Company's numbers for 2000 indicate a desire to reach 1,211 total new-hires, according to our senior vice president of Flight Operations. United has recently decreased the amount of new hires to 60 per month for September and for October.
The reason for this dramatic decrease is the unavailability of training in Operating Experience (OE).
According to the System Schedule Committee (SSC) report, there were massive delays in the OE training in most of the narrow-body fleets. This delay has resulted in the slowing of e new-hires until we catch up on the OE training. In recent weeks the backlog of OEs has eased somewhat, and we should be able to resume "normal" hiring levels by November. It does appear as if 2000 will be the record year for numbers of new-hires at United Airlines.
The recent trend of substantial numbers of no-shows and pilots deciding
to go elsewhere when offered employment here at United should ease.
This is primarily due to the new, industry-leading, tentative collective
bargaining agreement. The remaining factor hindering United's ability
to attract top-flight officer candidates is the potential US Airways merger.
The uncertainty associated with this acquisition is a large factor when
a candidate considers employment at United Airlines.
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