United Airlines cleared a major hurdle yesterday when its 20,000 ramp agents and customer contact employees, represented by the International Assn. of Machinists, ratified a tentative agreement reached in June (ATWOnline, June 20). According to the union, roughly 67% of IAM members voted to approve the agreement. Terms of the deal were not released but it is believed to provide the carrier with savings of $175 million a year. With the ratification, United now has new deals in place with ...

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