Chicago Tribune: More United/Continental jobs flowing to Chicago
United Airlines' merger with Continental Airlines is bringing 1,300 additional workers to Chicago by the end of 2012.
"Some are coming from Houston, some from San Francisco, some from other locations around our system," [Jeff] Smisek said. "They're principally operations-related jobs, technology jobs. These are good jobs. … The move was facilitated by the merger because we're headquartered here. But many of these jobs, certainly, for example the technology jobs, could be located anywhere, and we chose Chicago."
Incentives did not play a role, however, in bringing the additional 1,300 jobs to Chicago, Smisek said Friday.
"This is a city United Airlines believes in," he said.
It's really too bad Houston couldn't have made a stronger pitch for those jobs, but perhaps our mayor was too busy basking in her green-celebrity status for that. Rahm Emanuel, on the other hand....