United Deal

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United Airlines and its pilots' union announced Tuesday that they've reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

The agreement makes the pilots the first of United's four big unions to come to initial terms on the latest round of cuts at the bankrupt airline. The others are the mechanics, flight attendants and ramp and public contact workers.

All four have balked at United's proposals this fall but risk having the company's terms imposed in bankruptcy court if they don't reach a settlement.

The carrier is based in Elk Grove Village.

The deal has yet to be approved by the union's leadership, which has scheduled a meeting in Chicago on Thursday to decide. Details were not disclosed.