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Hundreds of Guam residents relocate to Denver to work for United

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Denver International Airport/File photo by Mar-Vic Cagurangan

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

More than 460 Guamanians have relocated to Denver to join United Airlines’ ramp agents pool, the Denver Post reported.

Quoting an airline executive, the Denver Post said an entry-level employee starts at $20 an hour, with the top of the pay scale maxing out at around $90,000 annually.

Magda Morais, managing director of talent and acquisitions at United, told the Denver paper that the two-day job fair on Guam netted around 2,600 applicants. More than 460 passed the clearance process, Morais said. “We filled the need” for ramp agents.

United held the job fair in January after announcing 1,800 available job positions that opened in its Denver hub for various departments, including ramp services, aircraft technicians, facilities maintenance technicians and storekeepers.

The carrier offered a $25,000 relocation incentive, which required a one-year commitment to the job.

During an interview with the Pacific Island Times in January, Matt Miller, vice president for the Denver hub, said the employment package consists of "really competitive wages," Miller said. "We got annual pay increase scales—the longer years you are with United, the more you’re able to make.”

Besides the hefty paycheck, Miller said United also offers other enticing perks, such as health care, 401K and travel benefits. “The flight benefits for employees extend to their families, and that is clearly one of the reasons some folks want to work for the airline,” he said.

While Colorado is the main recruitment jurisdiction for the Denver hub, Miller said United is seeking to utilize its historical connection with Guam, which is one of the carrier’s hubs.

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