About 30,000 ground workers at United Airlines would get raises of 30% over the next five years under tentative labor deals reached by their union today.

The contracts cover a variety of workers including gate agents and ticket counter workers, passenger service employees and reservation clerks as well as food service and security workers. The workers are covered by the Machinists union.

"Members at United can now share appropriately in the value they created at one of the world's biggest and most successful airlines," said Sito Pantoja, the union's general vice president.

It wasn't that long ago that airline unions were facing concessions and job cuts in the the face of losses and bankruptcy in the industry. But high fares and low fuel prices have resulted in record profits in the airline industry and unions are seeking and winning significantly improved wages.
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